The entire world observes New Year on January 1. But, do you know that in India, the New Year celebrations vary as per different states and cultures? The New Year celebrated in different states is known by peculiar names.
So, it is clear that the New Year celebrations are hugely culturally diverse in India. But, it should be noted that the Indians also celebrate the global new year (on January 1) with great excitement and cheer.
Let us, now see how different Indian states celebrate their new year in India and what their respective names are:
In Orissa, Maha Vishuva Sankranti or Pana Sankranti is celebrated as Odia New Year. This is generally celebrated on 14th or 15th April. In this festival, ‘pana’ (fruit drink) is served to the deities.
Punjab celebrates Baisakhi, as the Punjabi New Year. This is actually the harvest festival of Punjab.
Puthandu is known as the Tamil New Year. The first day of the Chithirai (Tamil Month) is the ‘the’ day of New Year celebration in Tamil Nadu.
The Bengali New Year is known as Naba Barsha or Poila Boishakh. Apart from west Bengal in India, this festival is also celebrated in Bangladesh.
The Assamese New Year is popularly known as Rangali Bihu, Haat Bihu or Bohag Bihu. It is generally observed on 13th of April.
Celebrated in April, the New Year in Kerala is known as Vishu. Lord Krishna is worshipped in this festival.
The Sikkimese New Year is popularly known as Losoong. Lima dancers dress up in their traditional costumes and perform Cham dance.
If you visit India, make sure that your trip is scheduled somewhere near these Indian New Year celebrations. You’ll see a bowl of cultures and traditions served to you..!!!!