SIKH CALENDAR 2019
The Gregorian Calendar which is most widely used globally runs from January – December, however, the Sikh Calendar runs from the month of Cheth (mid-March) to Phalgun (mid-February).
This system was accepted by Guru Sahib which is evident in the Banis of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Barahmaha Raag Tukhari), Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji (Barahmaha Raag Maanjh) and Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji (Barahmaha from Krishna Avtar).
Following the Bikrami Calendar used by Guru Sahib and referenced in Gurbani, the year 2075 has started. Currently, there is much discussion on which calendar should be used, and many Sikhs are unaware that the New Year for Sikhs starts on 1st Cheth. This is evident in the trend of Gurdwaras all around the globe full of Sikhs celebrating the Gregorian New Year Eve (31st December) however only a handful of Gurdwaras had programs celebrating the advent of the Sikh New Year. To address this and raise awareness of the way the Sikh Calendar works and is set out, we will be releasing our second calendar, starting from 1st Cheth 2076 Bikrami (14th March 2019) and running till the end of Phalgun 2076 (Mid March 2020).
The Calendar is based on the Puratan Bikrami Calendar, with the traditional Sampardaee accepted dates, and filtered over with the modern Gregorian calendar for easy referencing. The Calendar gives the traditional Khalsa dates for all Gurpurabs along with Shaheedi Divas/Sakas, Sangrand, Pooranmashi, Massia and other Sikh Festivals.
In November 2019, the Sikh Panth will be celebrating the 550th Gurpurab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj. In celebration of this historic occasion, Nihung Santhia have printed 550 calendars to pay homage to Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The calendar contains frescos from Gurdwara Baba Atal Sahib Ji, Amritsar depicting the ‘Baal Leela’ (wondrous childhood) of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Alongside each of the frescos, there are supporting quotes from Gurbani and Sri Guru Nanak Parkash Granth (written by Mahakavi Bhai Santokh Singh Ji). We are pleased to now be able to present this to you in pdf format.