New Year Festivals Celebrated Across India

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​Ugadi

​Ugadi is celebrated in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana to mark the beginning of a New Year on the first day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar in the month of Chaitra.

​Gudi Padwa

​Gudi Padwa is also celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month by Maharashtrians and Konkanis. A 'gudi' (a bright yellow cloth tied to the tip of a long bamboo along with a copper pot and flowers) is hung outside the window of houses.

​Baisakhi

​Baisakhi is the harvest festival in Punjab and is celebrated with great pomp. It also stands as the day of the formation of the Sikh Khalsa.

​Bohag Bihu

​Bihu is the Assamese New year and the word “Bihu” is derived from the Sanskrit word Bishu, meaning “to ask blessings and prosperity from the Gods" before the onset of the harvest season.

​Vishu

​Vishu is celebrated by Malayalis from the state of Kerala. It falls on the first day of the Malayalam month Medam (April). On the day of Vishu, seeing the Vishu Kani (offerings placed in front of deities) as the first thing in the morning is believed to bring prosperity and good luck.

​Poila Boishakh

​Poila Boishakh is the New Year celebrated by Bengalis in West Bengal.The Bengali words 'pohela' means first and 'boishakh' means the first month of the Bengali calendar. The New Year means 'Noboborsho' in Bengali.

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