Calendar 2021

With special focus on Hindu and other significant dates.

We are happy to share the following Religious dates for the year 2021. This calendar provides Hindu-specific dates as well as Guyana National Holidays and International Days.

January (Pausha-Maagha)

New Years Day 1
Ganesh Chaturthi 2, 16, 31
Ekadashi 9 & 24
Pradosh Vrat 10 & 25
Shiva Chaturdashi 11
Amaavasya 12
Makar Samkranti 14
Purnima 28
India’s Republic 26
Panchak 15(07:36am) – 20(03:03am)
Lagna 3, 17, 20, 24, 31

February (Magha-Phalguna)

Ekadashi 7 & 23
Pradosh Vrat 8 & 24
Shiva Chaturdashi 9
Amavasya 11
Ganesh Chaturthi 15
Vasant Panchami 16
Saraswati Puja 16
Purnima 26
Valentines Day Fri 14
Guyana Republic 23
Panchaka 11(16:41)–16 (11:27)
Lagna 5, 14, 15, 16, 21, 28

March (Phalguna-Chaitra)

Ganesh Chaturthi 1, 17, 31
Maharishi Dayanand Jayanti 8
IntWomen’s Day Sun 8
Ekadashi 8 & 24
Pradosh Vrat 27
Maha Shivraatri 11
Amavasya 12
Purnima 27
Holika Dahan 27
Holi/Phagwah 28
Kharmas begins 29
Panchaka 10 (23:51) – 15 (19:14)
Lagna 3, 5, 7, 14

April (Chaitra – Vaishaakha)

Good Friday 2
Easter Monday 5
Ekadashi 7, 23
Pradosh Vrat 8, 24
Arya Samaj Foundation Day 10
Shiva Chaturdashi 9
Amavasya 11
Kharmas ends 11
Chaitra NavaRaatri begins 12
Ramadan begins 12
Ganesh Chaturthi 15, 29
Nava Raatri ends 21
Ram Navami 21
Purnima 26
Hanuman Jayanti 26
Panchaka 7(05:30) – 12 (02:00)
Lagna 16, 17, 22, 24, 25, 26, 30

May (Vaishaakha – Jyeshtha)

May Day (Labour Day)…1
Indian Arrival Day…5
Ekadashi …7, 22
Pradosh Vrat… 8, 23
Shiva Chaturdashi… 9
Mothers’ Day …10
Amavasya …10
Ramadan ends …11
Ganesh Chaturthi… 15, 29
Sita Jayanti …20
Purnima …25
Guyana Independence Day…26
Panchaka …4 (11:14) – 9 (07:59); 31 (18:29)
Lagna …1, 2, 8, 9, 22, 23, 29, 30

June (Jyeshtha – Aashaarha)

Ekadashi… 5, 20
Pradosh Vrat… 7, 22
Shiva Chaturdashi… 8
Amavasya …9
Guru Purnima Fasting begins… 14
Ganga Dashami …19
Purnima …23
Ganesh Chaturthi …14, 27
Fathers’ Day … 20
Panchaka …1-5(13:58); 28(03:30_30
Lagna …5, 6, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22

July (Aashaarha – Shravana)

CARICOM Day …5
Ekadashi … 5, 20
Pradosh …6, 21
Shiva Chaturdashi…7
Amaavasya … 9
Ganesha Chaturthi …13, 26
Eid-Al-Adha…20
Guru Purnima …23
Panchaka …1 – 2 (20:44); 25 (13:18)– 30 (04:33 AM)
Lagna…3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

August (Sravana – Bhadrapada)

Emancipation Day…1
Ekadashi…4, 18
Pradosh…5, 19
Shiva Chaturdashi…6
Amaavasya…7
Ganesha Chaturthi…11, 25
Tulsidas Jayanti… 14
Purnima Vrat… 21
Raksha Bandhan… 21
Krishna Janma Ashtami…Sun. 29
Panchaka…21 (10:27)–26(12:59)
Lagna…1, 2. 8, 15, 16, 22, 29, 30

September (Bhadrapada–Ashvina)

Ekadashi…2, 16
Pradosh Vrat…4, 18
Shiva Chaturdashi…4
Amaavasya…6
Ganesha Chaturthi…10, 24
Purnima Vrat…20
Pitri Paksha Begins… 21
Panchaka…18(05:56) – 22(21:14)
Lagna…8, 10, 12, 16

October (Aashvina-Kaartika)

Ekadashi…2, 16, 31
Pradosh Vrat…3, 17
Shiva Chaturdashi…4
Amaavasya…5
Pitri Paksha Ends…5
Nava Raatree Begins…6
Ganesha Chaturthi…9, 23
Nava Raatree Ends…14
Vijaya Dashami…15
Purnima Vrat…19
Youman Nabi…19
Karwa Chauth…23
Panchaka…15(11:46)–20(04:32)
Lagna…8, 10, 15, 24, 29, 30

November
(KartikaMaargasheersha)

Padosh Vrat…2, 16
Dhanwantri Trayodashi…2
Narak Chaturdashi…3
Deepavali…4
Govardhan Puja…5
Bhaai Dooj…6
Ganesha Chaturthi…7, 22
Ekadashi…14, 30
Kaartika Purnima…18
Panchaka…11(17:22)–16(10:45)
Lagna…5, 6, 7, 12, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26

December
(Maargasheersha-Pausha)

Pradosh Vrat…1, 15, 31
Shiva Chaturdashi…2, 31
Amaavasya …3
Ganesha Chaturthi…7 & 22
Ekadashi…14, 29
Gita Jayanti…14
Purnima Vrat…18
Panchaka…9 (00:40) – 13 (16:35)
Lagna…2, 5, 12, 18, 26, 31
Christmas…25
Boxing Day…26

NOTES:
Reference notes to specific words used in the calendar above.
Ekadashi: means 11; refers to the 11th day of each half of the month of the Vedic Lunar Calendar. There are 2 Ekadashi days per month during which traditional partial fasting is observed that avoids consumption of beans and grains (instead we use fruits, vegetables, milk products). Fasting is from sunrise of the Ekadashi day up to sunset of the following day.
Kurma Dwadashi: Celebrates the Kurma Avatar of Lord Vishnu. The first Avatar.
Pradosh Vrat: Celebrates the act of Lord Shiva in imbibing the halahala poison that saved the entire world.
Panchak: literally means five. Refers to the period of time when the moon is transiting (from acquarius to pisces) at which time it passes through 5 constellations. Advisable to refrain from certain practices during this time. Regular spiritual observances is good as always, but traditionally advisable to avoid Mundan, Vivaah, engagement, new vrats/fasting, new businesses, new vehicles or acquisitions.
Amaavasyaa: New Moon (the moon is not visible during Amaavasyaa)
Purmina: Full Moon
Shukla paksha: the bright half of the moon phase (as the moon changes from New Moon to Full Moon)
Krishna Paksha: the dark half of the moon phase (as the moon changes from Full Moon to New Moon)
Lagna: auspicious dates and time for vivaah. These dates are based on the transiting of the moon with regards to various constellations. It is traditionally believed that the timing for marriage should be decided upon given the alignment of the stars so as to avoid negative energy flow to the important start of a new family.
Shiv Ratri: night of Shiva; celebrations to mark the remembrance of overcoming darkness and ignorance. It is observed by fasting, chanting, self-restraint, honesty, non-injury to self and others, forgiveness and focus on Shiva.

Acknowledgement:
Pt Ramdial Balbadhar (Guyana) provided Hindu dates that were calculated taking into account longitude/latitude of Guyana.
United Nations for the International Days
Guyana Government for Guyana Public Holidays