Makara Masam or Makaram month is the sixth month in Malayalam calendar of Kerala and other Malabar regions. In 2018, Makara Masam starts on January 15 with Makara Sankranti or transition of Sun into Makara rashi (Capricorn) and ends on February 12, 2018.
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 2018, Makara Bharani date is January 25. 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 2018
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 – Mauni Amavasya
Monday, 22 January 2018 – Vasant Panchami (Saraswati Pooja)
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 – Ratha Saptami
Thursday, 25 January 2018 – Bhishma Ashtami
Saturday, 27 January 2018 – Jaya Ekadashi
Sunday, 28 January 2018 – Jaya Ekadashi
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 – Magha Purnima
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 – Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse)
Sunday, 11 February 2018 – Vijaya Ekadashi
Makara Masam in Previous Years
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.