Nepali Months in English and Vice Versa
Although Julian and Gregorian calendar months are accepted in Nepal, we mainly use Nepali Months or Bikram Sambat Months in Nepal. Our Nepali Calendar follows the 12 months of the Bikram Sambat from Baisakh to Chaitra. These months can have from 29 to 32 days. They do not align perfectly with the Julian Calendar months. You probably know that Baishak 1 is not January 1 or the first day of any other month.
Actually, two English months fall under a single Bikram Sambat or an official Nepali month. For example: April and May falls in the month of Baisakh. This gets complicated if we bring in the Newari calendar months (Nepal Sambat) in the mix. It actually follows the lunar cycle.
So, here are the Nepali months along with their corresponding English (Julian or Gregorian) calendar months and Newari or Nepal Sambat months.
|Nepali (Bikram Sambat) Months||English (Julian/Gregorian) Months||Newari (Nepal Sambat) Months|
|Baishakh||बैशाख||April – May||चौला – वछला|
|Jestha||जेठ||May – June||वछला – तछला|
|Asar||असार||July – August||तछला – दिल्ला|
|Shrawan||श्रावण||August – September||दिल्ला – गुंला|
|Bhadau||भदौ||September – October||गुंला – ञला|
|Aswin||आश्विन||October – November||ञला – कौला|
|Kartik||कार्तिक||November – December||कौला – कछला|
|Mansir||मंसिर||December – January||कछला – थिंला|
|Poush||पुष||January – February||थिंला – पोहेला|
|Magh||माघ||February – March||पोहेला – सिल्ला|
|Falgun||फाल्गुन||March – April||सिल्ला – चिल्ला|
|Chaitra||चैत्र||April – May||चिल्ला – चौला|