Purnima in 2018

Purnima - The night of Full Moon is called as Purnima (or Poornima). On this night, moon is visible as full circle and brighter than other days. According to Hindu calendar, new month starts from the day next to Purnima. So you can say that the Purnima is the last day of month.
There are two types of traditional calendars - Solar (based upon Sun) and Lunar (based upon Moon). Sankranti is the beginning of new month according to Solar calendar.
New Year 2018 - Chaitra is considered as the first month of the year. According to Solar calendar, the new year will start from 14 March (Saturday), the Chaitra Sankranti.
Based upon Lunar calendar (movement of Moon), the new year day will fall on 1st April i.e. day after the Chaitra Purnima which will fall on 31st March.
Many readers consider the festival of Vaisakhi as the new year day. But actually this festival is related to the harvesting season of wheat crop in the north India.
The information on this page is divided into following sections:

Purnima in January 2018

There will be two purnima in January 2018 - one is on 2nd January (Tuesday) and second one is on 31st January (Wednesday). The purnima on 2nd Jan is the Paush Purnima and the Magha month will start from 3rd Jan.

The Magha Purnima is on 31 Jan (Wednesday) and the Phalgun month will start from its next day i.e. 1st Feb. As this is associated with the rotation of moon around the earth and each cycle takes little more than 29 days, so the day of purnima comes after almost 29 days.

Sankranti in January 2018

Sankranti in January 2018 is on 14 January (Sunday) and the month of Magh will start on this date. Maagh is the eleventh month of the year according to Bikarmi Samvat (Vikram Samvat) calendar. The festival of Makkar Sankranti is observed on this day and hence the Makkar Sankranti is on 14th Jan 2018. In some parts of northern India, this day is called as Maghi.



Pausha, the tenth month of the year, will end on 13th January. The winter season is at its peak during the months of Pausha and Magha and these are the coldest months in northern India. By the end of Magha month, the winter season starts fading away.

Hindu Calendar January 2018

The special days and Hindu festivals during the month of January 2018 are given in this section.
Hindu Calendar January 2018
Date Weekday Special Day
Purnima (Pausha Purnima) 2nd Tuesday
Sri Ganesh Sankat Chauth 5th Friday
Ekadashi 12th Friday
Lohri 13th Saturday
Sankranti (Makar Sankranti) 14th Sunday
Amavasya (Magha Amavas) 16th Tuesday
Gupt Navratri Start 18th Thursday
Panchami (Basant Panchami) 22nd Monday
Durga Ashtami 25th Thursday
Dashami 27th Saturday
Ekadashi 28th Sunday
Guru Ravidas Jayanti 31st Wednesday
Purnima (Magha Purnima) 31st Wednesday

Sankranti Dates 2018

Sankranti - The relative motion of Sun and Earth is divided into 12 Rashis or phases. The day when Sun moves from one Rashi to another is called as Sankranti. Sankranti is the first day of a month according to Indian traditional calendars based upon Solar movement. Chaitra is the first month of the year according to Bikrami Samvat calendar and hence the Sankranti of this month is considered as the new year day. So according to Indian calendar of 2018, the new year will start on Wednesday, 14th March 2018.
Sr. No. Sankranti Date Day of Week Indian Month
1. 14 JanuarySunday1 Magh
2. 12 FebruaryMonday1 Phalgun
3. 14 MarchWednesday1 Chaitra
4. 14 AprilSaturday1 Vaisakh
5. 14 MayMonday1 Jyeshtha
6. 15 JuneFriday1 Ashadha
7. 16 JulyMonday1 Sharaavana
8. 17 AugustFriday1 Bhadra
9. 17 SeptemberMonday1 Ashwin
10. 17 OctoberWednesday1 Kartik
11. 16 NovemberFriday1 Agahana
12. 16 DecemberSunday1 Pausha

Purnima Dates 2018



The list of Purnima dates in the year 2018 is given in the following table.
Sr. No.Purnima DateDay of Week
1.2 JanuaryTuesday
2.31 JanuaryWednesday
3.1 MarchThursday
4.31 MarchSaturday
5.30 AprilMonday
6.29 MayTuesday
7.28 JuneThursday
8.27 JulyFriday
9.26 AugustSunday
10.25 SeptemberTuesday
11.24 OctoberWednesday
12.23 NovemberFriday
13.22 DecemberSaturday


Masya in 2018

Amavasya is the new moon day and the Moon is not visible on the night of amavasya. The amavasya in the month of January 2018 is on 16th (Tuesday) & 17th (Wednesday) January. According to Amanta Calendar (Hindu calendar from Amavasya to Amavasya), the Magha month will start from this Amavasya.
Sr. No.Masya DateDay of Week
1. 16, 17 JanuaryTuesday, Wednesday
2. 15 FebruaryThursday
3. 17 MarchSaturday
4. 15, 16 AprilSunday, Monday
5. 15 MayTuesday
6. 13 JuneWednesday
7. 13 JulyFriday
8. 11 AugustSaturday
9. 9 SeptemberSunday
10. 9 OctoberTuesday
11. 7 NovemberWednesday
12. 7 DecemberFriday