Malayalam New Year


The first day of Chingam month is celebrated as Malayalam new year according to Malayalam calendar. It is also called Kolla Varsham Aarambam or Chinga Ravi Samkramam. Special poojas and rituals are held in all the temples of Kerala, especially Sabarimala Temple will be open for worship on this day. Chingam 1 is an important celebration among the agricultural community who await the arrival of harvest season.

Malayalam New Year 2023

Thu , 17th Aug 2023

Kolla Varsham is the Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Kolla varsham is a sidereal solar calendar. Festivals and other important events are calculated based on this traditional calendar followed by the people of Kerala. The current year 2021 is Kolla varsham 1196-1197. The origin of Kolla varsham dates back to era of 824 AD. Chingam is the first month of Malayalam calendar, and first day of Chingam month marks the New year on Kolla varsham. Unlike other lunar or luni-solar calendars where Aries-Mesha rashi marks the new year, Kolla varsha calendar begins from Leo -Chingam rashi. Kolla Varsham is a solar calendar, and the months are calculated based on the Sun’s transit from one rashi to another. Here is a list of months on Malayalam calendar and their corresponding Gregorian months,

Month 

Malayalam Month 

English Months 

1

Chingam 

August 16th - September 15th 

2

Kanni 

September 16th - October 15th 

3

Thulam 

October 16th - November 15th 

4

Vrischikam 

November 16th - December 15th 

5

Dhanu 

December 16th - January 15th 

6

Makaram 

January 16th - February 15th 

7

Kumbham 

February 16th - March 15th 

8

Meenam 

March 16th - April 15th 

9

Medam 

April 16th - May 15th 

10

Edavam 

May 16th - June 15th 

11

Mithunam 

June 16th - July 15th 

12

Karkidakam 

July 16th - August 15th 

The dates might vary by two or three days, for instance, the Chingam 1 may fall anywhere between August 13th - August 17

Malayalam New Year (Kolla Varsham) festival dates between 2019 & 2029

Year

Date

2019

Saturday, 17th of August

2020

Monday, 17th of August

2021

Tuesday, 17th of August

2022

Wednesday, 17th of August

2023

Thursday, 17th of August

2024

Saturday, 17th of August

2025

Sunday, 17th of August

2026

Monday, 17th of August

2027

Wednesday, 18th of August

2028

Thursday, 17th of August

2029

Friday, 17th of August

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