Purnima is the Full Moon day in Hindu Astrology. Also known as Pournami, Puranmashi, Poonam, Veluthu Vavu, Hunnime, Purnima falls on the fifteenth day in Shukla Paksha in a month of Hindu calendar.
Purnima day is known for its spiritual importance and significance. In 2018, there are 13 Purnima days.
Many special pujas are performed in various temples on Poornima day and many important festivals are celebrated on Poornima. Arunachala Girivalam (Giri Pradakshinam at Arunachala Temple, Thiruvannamalai), Pournami Chandi Yagam, Pournami Satyanarayana Vratham are some of the famous rituals observed on Purnima day.
Falguna Purnima, Chaitra Purnima, Jyeshta Purnima, Guru Purnima, Rakhi Purnima, Kojagari Purnima and Kartik Purnima are well known festivals among Hindu communities.
Purnima 2018 dates
31 January 2018 – Magh Purnima Vrat
1 March 2018 – Phalgun Purnima Vrat (Holi Festival)
31 March 2018 – Chaitra Purnima Vrat (Hanuman Jayanti)
30 April 2018 – Vaishakh Purnima Vrat
29 May 2018 – Adhik Maas Purnima Vrat
28 June 2018 – Nija Jyeshta Purnima Vrat
27 July 2018 – Ashada Purnima Vrat (Guru Purnima)
26 August 2018 – Shravan Purnima Vrat (Rakshabandhan Festival)
25 September 2018 – Bhadrapada Purnima Vrat
24 October 2018 – Ashwin Purnima Vrat (Kojagari Lakshmi Vrat)
23 November 2018 – Kartik Purnima Vrat
22 December 2018 – Margashirsha Purnima Vrat (Dattatreya Jayanti)
21 January 2019 – Poush Purnima Vrat (Shakambari Purnima)
19 February 2019 – Magh Purnima Vrat
21 March 2019 – Falgun Purnima Vrat (Holi Festival)