SIKH CALENDAR 2020
On the Sangrand (first day of the month) of Cheth, Sikhs around the world will be celebrating the start of the Sikh new year. In conjunction, Nihung Santhia is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the 2020 Sikh Calendar. This will cover dates from Cheth (Mid-March) 2020 to Phalgun 2021 and will be available for the Sangat after the 14th March 2020.
The calendar contains Puratan frescos of the Das Guru Sahibaan from Asthaans such as Gurdwara Bauli Sahib, Goindwal and Gurdwara Baba Atal Sahib Ji, Amritsar. Alongside each of the frescos is supporting quotes from Sri Guru Nanak Parkash Granth (written by Mahakavi Bhai Santokh Singh Ji) in praise of each of the Guru Sahibaan.
What is different about the Sikh Calendar?
The Gregorian Calendar which is most widely used globally runs from January - December, however, the Sikh Calendar runs from Cheth (mid-march) to the end of Phalgun (mid-march the next year). 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 2077 will start in Cheth 2020. 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 around the globe celebrating the Gregorian New Year Eve (31st December), however, only a handful of Gurdwaras have programs celebrating the advent of the Sikh New Year. To address this and raise awareness of the way the Sikh Calendar works, we will be releasing our third calendar, starting from 1st Cheth 2077 Bikrami (14th March 2020) and running till the end of Phalgun 2077 (13th March 2021). 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, Sangrand, Pooranmashi, Massia and other Sikh Festivals.
We are pleased to now present this in PDF format for the sangat. Click on the image below to download the calendar.