Month Date Event
March 18 Kalachakra New Year
20 Vernal Equinox
31 Full-moon & Turning of the Kalachakra Tantra
April 30 Full-moon & Enlightenment of the Buddha
May 29 Full-moon
June 17 The First Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma
28 Full-moon & The Buddha’s entry into the womb of his mother
July 11 New-moon & Partial Solar Eclipse
28 Full-moon & Total Lunar Eclipse
August 11 New-moon & Partial Solar Eclipse
26 Full-moon
October 2 Descent of the Buddha from god realm
24 Full-moon
November 23 Full-moon
December 22 Full-moon
January 6 New-moon & Partial Solar-Eclipse
7-20 The Buddha’s Demonstration of Miracles
21 Full Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse
February 19 Full-moon

NOTE: All dates are calculated in relation to the longitude of Melbourne, Australia. Please check local sources for exact times when these events will occur in your location.

About the Kalachakra Calendar

    According to the Kalachakra Tantra, the yearly cycle of time is calculated at vernal equinox when the sun enters into the zodiac sign of Aries. At this moment, the length of the day and night are equal and therefore marks a very specific astronomical event with which to base the calendar.

    While the Tibetan calendar is based on the methods of calculation found in the Kalachakra Tantra, its year is aligned with the Chinese system of calculation, which means that the Tibetan new year (losar) generally starts two months earlier.

    To learn more about how the Kalachakra calendar works, please visit this page written by Edward Henning.