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The Hindu leap year

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Hindu festivals are celebrated around the Hindu Leap month, Adhik Maas.

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The Hindu calendar includes an extra month, often referred to as Adhik Maas, in a leap year. Adhik Maas typically occurs once every three years or four times in 11 years.

Therefore the yearly lag of a lunar year is adjusted every three years. This adjustment allows for Hindu festivals to take place within a given time span rather than on a set day.

The Indian National Calendar and the Revised Bangla Calendar of Bangladesh organize their leap years so their leap day is close to February 29 in the Gregorian calendar.

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