- Kashmiri New Year's Day falls in March/April. It's
a day of general festivity and rejoicing throughout
Goru Bihu (Assam)
- The Goru Bihu or the cattle festival is celebrated
on the Hindu New Year's Day(April/ May). Cattle are
washed and decorated. They are smeared with turmeric
and are treated to gur (jaggery) and brinjals.
Baisakhi (April/ May)
- Baisakhi or Vaisakhi is the first day of the month
of Vaisakha - the beginning of the Hindu year in some
parts of the country. A holy bath in a river, tank or
well is an important feature of the day's observance.
For the Sikhs in Punjab and other parts of the country,
this day has a particular significance, as it was on
this day in 1699 that Guru Gobind Singh founded the
Naba Barsha (April 14)- The Bengali New Year's
Day begin with prabhat pheries (early morning processions),
songs and dance to welcome the New Year. A dip in a
river or tank is another essential feature of the day's
ritual. With powdered rice, the house-wife makes beautiful
designs called alpana on the floor.
Gudi Padva (March/April) - This is the New
Year's Day for the people of Maharashtra, a day of great
festivity and rejoicing.
Ugadi (Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh
& Maharashtra | March/April) - Telugu New
Year's Day marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar
calendar with a change in the moon's orbit. It is a
day when mantras are chanted and predictions made for
the new year. Traditionally, the panchangasravanam or
listening to the yearly calendar was done at the temples
or at the Town square.
Puthandu - On the
Tamil New Year's Day, a big Car Festival is held at
Tiruvadamarudur near Kumbakonam. Festivals are also
held at Tiruchirapalli, Kanchipuram and many other places.
Vishu (April/ May) - Keralites celebrate
Vishu, the new year of the Malayalam calendar. It is
characterised in Malayali homes, by the 'first sighting'
(Vishukkani) of auspicious articles ceremoniously placed
before a lamp. Elders give cash presents to dependents
and relatives younger to them. This is called Kayneettam
(extending the hand).