As the clock struck midnight on January 1, millions of Indians joined the global celebration of the New Year, following the widely accepted Gregorian calendar. However, for many across the country, the revelry does not end with the turn of the year.
India is’a tapestry of diverse cultures and traditions, and this is reflected in the myriad of New Year festivals celebrated in various regions.
states in North India, primarily Punjab The celebration of Baisakhi heralds the arrival of the New Year in the colorful states of North India, especially Punjab. In addition to being a time for joyful celebrations, Baisakhi, which falls on April 13 or 14, has great religious significance for the Sikh faith.
Himalayan State The state of Sikkim, which is tucked away in northern India, celebrates Losoong to ring in the new year. Losoong is a colorful celebration that takes place in December and features traditional dances, music, and extravagant feasts that highlight the region’s rich cultural past.
Jammu and Kashmir (Navreh) :
As the Kashmiri New Year, Navreh is observed throughout the stunning regions of Jammu and Kashmir. Navreh is a celebration celebrated in March or April that involves family members exchanging special dishes, rituals, and prayers.
Assam The northeastern state of Assam celebrates the Bohag Bihu festival in April to welcome in the New Year. Traditional Bihu dances, feasts, and the lighting of bonfires—which stand for the victory of good over evil—are the highlights of this harvest celebration.
Manipur, Sajibu Cheiraoba:
The northeastern Indian state of Manipur observes Sajibu Cheiraoba as a new year. This celebration, which takes place in March or April, is distinguished by customs, folk dances, and a sense of community.
Bengal, Pohela Boishakh:
Bengalis celebrate Pohela Boishakh, which is held in April, to ring in the New Year. The celebration is a bright event that embodies the spirit of rebirth and fresh starts with its colorful processions, traditional music, dance, and feasting.
Odisha’s Bishuva Sankranti:
The eastern state of Odisha celebrates the New Year on Bishuva Sankranti. The celebration, which is observed in the middle of April, consists of a variety of customs, cultural events, and the sharing of special foods with loved ones.
Kerala’s picturesque state celebrates Vishu:
in April to ring in the New Year. With the Vishu Kani, a unique arrangement of auspicious objects, and traditional cultural acts, the festival is enthusiastically observed.
The Tamil State Puthandu, which falls in April on average, is celebrated as the New Year in Tamil Nadu, in southern India. On this day, homes are decorated, special dishes are prepared, and customary rituals are observed.
Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka Ugadi marks the beginning of the New Year in the southern states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. Ugadi, which falls in March or April, is observed with special meals, cultural activities, and the reading of the Panchangam (almanac).
Gujarat’s Bestu Varas:
Gujarat observes Bestu Varas, a New Year’s celebration that often takes place in October or November. Prayers, traditional dances, and greetings and candy exchanged between loved ones are all part of the celebration.