Offerings of specific things with utmost respect or reverence is called Śrāddham. It is an inevitable duty for a Man towards his parents and family members who have passed away. It is performed in many ways. Some of them are famous as Hiranyashradham, Chatakashradham, Sankalpika Shradam, Annashradham and so on. The type of Shradha one wishes to perform could be chosen as per the capacity and qualification of the performer.
The etymological meaning of the word Māsikam is which occurs in a Māsa. Māsa does not refer to the month but it is a technical word which includes two Pakshas, Shukla paksha and Krishna paksha. One Paksha includes fifteen Tithis 'तिथि'. There could be around 15 to 16 masikams in a year before the last Śrāddham which is called *Sāmvatsarīkam*.