How to get month name of given date in Java?

Problem Description :

Write a program in Java that prints month name of given date.

Concept :

We are using below method of Calendar class that is present in java.util.* package.

public int get(int field) -> In this method we have to pass Calendar class constant MONTH and finally this method returns one value from 0-11. After that using switch case we are printing month name.

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Java Program :

package com.javamultiplex.datetime;

import java.text.DateFormat;
import java.text.ParseException;
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.Calendar;
import java.util.Date;
import java.util.Scanner;

 * @author Rohit Agarwal
 * @category Date and Time
 * @problem How to get month name of given date?
public class GetMonthName {

 public static void main(String[] args) {

  Scanner input = null;
  try {
   input = new Scanner(;
   System.out.println("Enter date in dd/MM/yyyy format :");
   String date =;
   // If Date is valid, converting String to Date
   Date mydate = getValidDate(date);
   if (mydate != null) {
    // Creating Calendar class instance.
    Calendar calendar = Calendar.getInstance();
    // Converting Date to Calendar.
    // 0 -> January, 11- December
    int month = calendar.get(Calendar.MONTH);
    String monthName = getMonthName(month);
    System.out.println("Month : " + monthName);
   } else {
    System.out.println("Date is invalid.");
  } finally {
   if (input != null) {


 private static Date getValidDate(String date) {

  Date mydate = null;
  if (isValidDateFormat(date)) {
    * d -> Day of month 
    * M -> Month of year 
    * y -> Year
   DateFormat dateFormat = new SimpleDateFormat("dd/MM/yyyy");
    * By default setLenient() is true. We should make it false for
    * strict date validations.
    * If setLenient() is true - It accepts all dates. If setLenient()
    * is false - It accepts only valid dates.
   try {
    mydate = dateFormat.parse(date);
   } catch (ParseException e) {
    mydate = null;
  return mydate;

 private static String getMonthName(int month) {

  String monthName = null;
  switch (month) {
  case 0:
   monthName = "January";
  case 1:
   monthName = "February";
  case 2:
   monthName = "March";
  case 3:
   monthName = "April";
  case 4:
   monthName = "May";
  case 5:
   monthName = "June";
  case 6:
   monthName = "July";
  case 7:
   monthName = "August";
  case 8:
   monthName = "September";
  case 9:
   monthName = "October";
  case 10:
   monthName = "November";
  case 11:
   monthName = "December";

  return monthName;

 private static boolean isValidDateFormat(String date) {

   * Regular Expression that matches String with format dd/MM/yyyy. 
   * dd -> 01-31 
   * MM -> 01-12 
   * yyyy -> 4 digit number
  String pattern = "(0?[1-9]|[12][0-9]|3[01])\\/(0?[1-9]|1[0-2])\\/([0-9]{4})";
  boolean result = false;
  if (date.matches(pattern)) {
   result = true;
  return result;

Output :

Output of Java program that prints month name of given date.
Output - How to get month name of given date in Java?


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Tags : Date and Time problems, get month name, Solution in Java, Calendar, DateFormat, SimpleDateFormat, String, switch statement, if else statement, Regular expressions.

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