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Karthikai, Kartika, Karthika or Kartik or Kartika maasam is a Hindu calendar month that typically overlaps October and November. In the Bengali it is the 7th month, Tamil 8th month), Maithili (7th month) and Nepali calendar (7th month),

In the reformed Indian national civil calendar, Kartika is the eighth month of the year. It corresponds with the months of October/November in the Gregorian Calendar. It is written as Bengali: কার্তিক Kartik, Hindi: कार्तिक Kārtika, Kannada: ಕಾರ್ತಿಕ, Odia: କାର୍ତ୍ତିକ, maithili: कातिक, Marathi: कार्तिक, Nepali: कार्त्तिक, Sanskrit: कार्तिक, Telugu: కార్తీకం, Tamil: கார்த்திகை.

Kartika (কার্ত্তিক) is the seventh month of the Bengali Calendar. It begins in mid-October of the Gregorian calendar. The name of the month is derived from the name of the star Krittika (কৃত্তিকা). It marks the start of the dry season (হেমন্ত Hemôntô).

Kārttikai (கார்த்திகை, /kɑːrt̪iɡəj/) is the eighth month of the Tamil calendar used by Tamils across the world. It corresponds to November/December in the Gregorian calendar. It begins when the sun enters the sign of Scorpio. Many festivals, such as Karthikai Deepam, are celebrated in this month. The name of the month is derived from a star, kārttikai (கார்த்திகை).

According to the Bikram Sambat calendar of Nepal, which is also the country's official calendar, Kartik is the seventh month, beginning on 18 October and lasting until 15 November.


Several major religious holidays take place in Kartik month. Those are as follows:

- Balipratipada.
- Govardhan Puja (Annakut).
- Bhai Dooj.
- Kartik Poornima.
- Kartik Ekadashi.

The festival of Kartik Poornima (15th day Full Moon) falls in this month, celebrated as Dev Deepavali in Varanasi. This coincides with the nirvana of the Jain Tirthankara - Mahavira and the birth of the Sikh Guru Nanak, Guru Nanak Jayanti. And also, the well known festival, for the god of Sabarimalai, Ayyappan's garland festival. This is also known as Tripuri Pournima.

The second day of first of Karthika, called Bharatrudwitiya, is celebrated with sisters entertaining their brothers, following the legend of Yamuna, who entertained her brother Yama on the same day.

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