Chithirai Month 2016 – Tamil Chithirai Masam 2016 in Traditional Calendar in Tamil Nadu

Chithirai is the first month in a traditional Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. The first day or Chithirai 1 is observed as New Year by many Hindu Tamil communities. Chithirai Month in 2016 begins on April 14 and ends on May 13. Some of the important and auspicious days in the month include Chithirai festival at Madurai Meenakshi Temple and Pournami.

Note – The previous DMK government of Tamil Nadu through a legislation had made Thai (January - February) the first month and Pongal the New Year but many Hindu communities still follow Chithirai as the first month. This legislation was cancelled by the next government that came into power.

Chithirai Pournami and Amavasai
Chithirai Amavasai is on May 6, 2016.

Pournami, or full moon day, in Chithirai month is on April 22, 2016.

Thirukkalyanam or Celestial Wedding Festival at Madurai Meenakshi Temple which is known as Chithirai festival is held in this month.

Ekadasi Fasting dates in Chithirai Masam are April 17 and May 3

Pradosham Fasting dates in Chithirai Masam are April 19 and May 4

Festival and Auspicious dates in Chithirai Month 2016
  • Pillayar Sankatahara Chaturthi is on April 25
  • Sashti – May 11
  • Chithirai Pournami – April 22
The next month in Tamil Calendar is the Vaigasi Masam.