Makara Masam or Makaram month is the sixth month in Malayalam calendar of Kerala and other Malabar regions. In 2019, Makara Masam starts on January 15 with Makara Sankranti or transition of Sun into Makara rashi (Capricorn) and ends on February 12, 2019.
Makara vilakku or Makarajyothi festival in Sabarimala Ayyappa temple marks the beginning of Makaram month.
During Makaram month, some special celebrations are held in Goddess Bhagavathi temples in Kerala. Bharani nakshatram day in Makaram month is celebrated as Makara Bharani in Bhagavathi temples. In 2019, Makara Bharani date is January 16 and February 12. Prathistana day is celebrated in Makara masa in many temples of Kerala.
Thaipusam is a popular festival dedicated to Lord Subramanya (Murugan). It is observed on Poosam day in Thaimasam of Tamil calendar. Next month in Malayalam calendar is Kumbha masam.
Makara masam coincides with Thai masam in Tamil calendar, Magh month in other lunar calendars.
Important Malayalam Festivals in Makara Masam 2019
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 – Pongal
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 – Makara Sankranti, Uttarayan Festival
Thursday, 17 January 2019 – Pausha Putrada Ekadashi
Monday, 21 January 2019 – Paush Purnima
Monday, 21 January 2019 – Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse)
Thursday, 24 January 2019 – Sakat Chauth
Thursday, 31 January 2019 – Shattila Ekadashi
Monday, 4 February 2019 – Mauni Amavasya
Sunday, 10 February 2019 – Vasant Panchami (Saraswati Pooja)
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 – Ratha Saptami
Makara Masam in Previous Years
Makara Masam 2018 – January 14 to February 12.
Makara Masam 2017 – January 14 to February 12.
Makara Masam 2016 – January 15 to February 12.
In 2015, Makara Masam starts on January 14 with Makara Sankranti or transition of Sun into Makara rashi (Capricorn) and ends on February 12, 2015.
In 2014, Makaram Masam was from January 14 to February 12. In 2012, Makara Masam dates – from January 15 to February 13.