6 Happy Festivals Celebrated Today Across India To Welcome The New Year.

We’re 3 months already into the new year, but wait…that’s just the Gregorian Calendar speaking. Today is the beginning of a new year for different communities across India. And there are many to follow.

1. Gudi Padwa (Maharashtra)

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It is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month. On this day, a bright yellow, orange or green cloth is tied to the tip of a long bamboo with gaathi (sugar crystals), neem leaves, a twig of mango leaves and a garland of red flowers tied to it. A silver or copper pot is placed in the inverted position over it. It’s called as Gudhi.


2. Ugadi (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka)

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Ugadi is derived from the Sanskrit words yuga (age) and ādi (beginning) that translates to “the beginning of a new age” viz. a new year. There is a tradition of eating a dish with six tastes that symbolizes that life is a mixture of experiences (sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise) which should be accepted together.


3. Thapna (Rajasthan)

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Thapna is a New Year as per Rajasthani calendar (Marwari Miti). Starting with 1st day of Chaitra Shudh.


4. Cheti Chand (Sindhi)

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This is the New Year festival for the Sindhi people of India and Pakistan. On this occasion, people worship Water – the elixir of life. Cheti Chand is celebrated with great pomp in honor of the birth of Ishta Dev Uderolal (Jhulelal) the patron saint of the Sindhis.


5. Navreh (Kashmir)

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On the first day of the bright half of the month of Chaitra, the Kashmiri pundits celebrate this new year festival. The Navreh thaal consists of un-husked rice, bread, yoghurt, sugar candy, walnuts, almonds, salt, flowers, a silver coin, a mirror, a pen and the new panchanga (almanac).


6. Sajibu Nongma Panba (Manipur)

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It’s the lunar new year’s eve for the people of Manipur. They celebrate this festival with great joy, family, gatherings, feasts and offerings. After the feast, the family members climb a specially made hillock to pay tribute to the God of hills, signifying elevation of the spirit to a divine height.

Do let us know if we’ve missed any festival.

Happy New Year folks!

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