The month of Shravan aka Shraavana, Sawan or Avani (in Tamil) is the fifth month of the year, according to the Hindu almanac. It is the month when Hindus refrain from eating non-vegetarian food and have a simple diet. The month of Shravan is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also marks the onset of the south-western monsoons. Shravan 2017 begins on the Full Moon Day of Sunday, 23 July, and will end on another Full Moon Day, Tuesday, 22 August, exactly a month later. This will be for western Indian and south Indian states. However, for north Indian states, Shravan or Sawan begins on 10 July, 2017, and will end on 7 August, 2017. In Maharashtra, the night before Shravan month or Shravan mahina begins, people have a Gatari Amavasya (No Moon Day) celebration where they eat non-veg food to their heart's content, as they known they cannot consume it for the entire Shravan month. Gatari Amavasya is the last day of the month of Ashadha. KNOW MORE ABOUT SHRAVAN MAHINA HERE: Sawan Month 2017: Significance of Shravan Mondays And Interesting Facts on Why People Observe Fast.
Not only do Hindu devotees not consume non-veg food during the Shravan month, but also observe a fast. The fast / vrat / upawas or upaas is usually kept on the Shravan Mondays, known as the Shravan Somwar. Some devotees also observe the Shravan Tuesdays known as Shravan Mangalwar or Mangal Gauri Vrat in the Shravan month, which is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva. The Shravan Shivaratri that falls on the Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi in the Shravan month is also considered auspicious, and falls on 21 July in 2017 (also known as Sawan Shivaratri 2017). The No Moon Day of Hariyali Amavasya (Festival of Greenery) is also observed during the Shravan month.
By Shweta Parande