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Purnima is the word for full moon in Sanskrit. The day of Purnima is the day (Tithi) in each month when the full moon occurs, and marks the division in each month between the two lunar fortnights (, and the Moon are aligned exactly in a straight line, called a syzygy of the Sun–Earth–Moon system. Full moon is considered the third of the four primary phases of the Moon; the other three phases are new moon, first quarter moon, and third quarter moon. The full moon shows 100% illumination, causes high tides, and can concur with lunar eclipses.[1]

Purnima in 2018

Month Purnima Date (2018) Festivals
Paush 2 January (Tuesday) Paush Purnima
Magha 31 January (Wednesday) Magha Purnima
Phalguna 1 March (Thursday) Holi
Chaitra 31 March (Saturday) Hanuman Jayanti
Vaishakha 30 April (Monday) Buddha Purnima
Adhik Jyeshtha 29 May (Tuesday) Adhik Vat Purnima
Jyeshtha 28 June (Thursday) Vat Purnima
Ashadha 27 July (Friday) Guru Purnima
Shravana 26 August (Sunday) Rakhi Purnima
Ashwin 24 October (Wednesday) Kojagiri Purnima
Kartik 23 November (Friday) Kartik Poornima
Margashirsha 22 December (Saturday) Dattātreya Jayanti



The following festivals occur on Purnima.


  1. ^ "The Full Moon". Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  2. ^ Purnima dates
  3. ^ Purnima dates
  4. ^ Guru Pournima

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