Saka Year 1930 Begins on March 21

The New Year according to the official Indian Calendar – the Saka Calendar – begins on March 21, 2008. It is also first day of the Chaitra month. The Hindu Saka calendar begins with the Saka Era in 78 A D. This calendar is only followed by a very small section of Hindus in India. The calendar has a major following in Indonesia but the New Year here begins with Nyepi, which falls on the Amavas day, which is around 15 days before New Year in the Indian official calendar.

The Saka Hindu calendar is a lunar calendar and is based on the Vedas. The Indian National Calendar or the calendar approved by the Indian government follows the Saka system. Accordingly, the year 1930 in Saka calendar begins on March 21, 2008.

The Saka Calendar is confined to a corner in government gazette notifications and is mentioned by the All India Radio in its daily morning broadcast.