Chingam Masam is the first month of the traditional Malayalam calendar which is followed in Indian State of Kerala.
In 2017 Chingam Masam begins on August 17. The first day of the Chingam Month is known as Chingam 1.
Thus, Kollavarsham 1193 begins on August 17, 2017.
Chingam 1 marks the transition of Sun from Kark (Cancer) raashi to Simha (Leo) rashi.
Onam the biggest festival celebrated in Chingam masam will be celebrated on September 3, 2017.
On Chingam 1, people of Kerala visit temples and greet each other.
The Malayalam calendar (Kollavarsham) is a sidereal solar calendar which consists of 12 months and each month is named after the constellation rising in the orbit of the earth.
The 12 months of the Malayalam calendar are – Chingam, Kanni, Tulam, Vrscikam, Dhanu, Makaram, Kumbham, Minam, Medam, Edavam (Idavam), Mithunam and Karkadakam