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 – बछला
Jestha जेठ May – June बछला – तछला
Asar असार June – July तछला – दिल्ला
Shrawan श्रावण July – August दिल्ला – गुंला
Bhadau भदौ August – September गुंला – ञला
Aswin आश्विन September – October ञला – कौला
Kartik कार्तिक October – November कौला – कछला
Mansir मंसिर November – December कछला – थिंला
Poush पुष December – January थिंला – पोहेला
Magh माघ January – February पोहेला – सिल्ला
Falgun फाल्गुन February – March सिल्ला – चिल्ला
Chaitra चैत्र March – April चिल्ला – चौला