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 and raise awareness of the way the Sikh Calendar works and is set out, Nihung Santhia released a calendar starting from 1st Cheth 2075 Bikrami (14th March 2018) and running till the end of Phalgun 2075 (Mid March 2019).
The Calendar is based on the Puratan Bikarmi 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.
This calendar was released to the Sangat at the Hola Mahala Jorr Mela organised by Nihung Santhia at Gurdwara Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji Coventry. The Calendars were well received by the Sangat and we hope that they have been able to raise awareness regarding the Calendar and dates used by our Guru Sahibs. We are pleased to now be able to present this to you in pdf format.