New Year 2018: As per solar calendar, new year is celebrated during spring harvest time. (Photo: PTI).
New Delhi: New Year
is celebrated all across the world on January 1. This, however, is in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. It's the harvesting season which is mostly synonymous with the new year celebrations in India. Being a diverse nation, new year in India
is celebrated in various regions at various times of the year depending on solar or lunar calendars. As we welcome new year 2018, let's take a look at the Indian new years.
As per the solar calendar, the new year
is celebrated during the spring harvest time on April 13/14/15 as Vaisakhi or Baisakhi
in north and central India, Rongali Bihu
in Assam, Tamil Putthandu
in Tamil Nadu, Vishu
in Kerala, Bishuva Sankrant
i in Odisha and Poila Boishakh
As per the lunar calendar, new year is celebrated in various parts of India during March/April. Ugadi
is the New Year's Day for the Hindus of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana. Gudi Padwa
is celebrated in Maharashtra, Goa and Konkan belt as new year. Cheiraoba
in Manipur, Navreh
in Kashmir and Cheti Chand
is celebrated by Sindhi Hindus as new year. In Gujarat, Bestu Varas
is celebrated around October/November time as new year.
To mark the festivities, people enjoy the day with family, friends and the community. They wear traditional attire, make regional festive meals, visit holy shrines, organize get-togethers or street processions, dance programmes, decorate their homes and welcome the new year together, following the local customs. In a unique and diverse nation like India, festivals joys are shared with everyone and is one of the strong factors that binds people together.