Amavasi in May 2011 – Amavas or No Moon Day

Amavas, also known as Amavasi or Amavasya, is the no moon day in a traditional Hindu calendar. This is the Nija Vaishak Amavas in North Indian calendars and in other regions it is the Vaisakh Amavasi. The Amavasi date is May 2 and 3, 201. May 2 is marked as Somavati Amavasya.
Amavas is also the last day in a lunar month in traditional calendars followed in Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
They day is considered inauspicious by some communities. Several Hindu communities select the day to perform Shradh ceremonies for the dead.
Some devout Hindus only take a single meal on the day. There are also many Hindus who undertake a complete fast on Amavasi.