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India’s cultural diversity exemplifies its splendorous beauty and majesty. There’s perhaps not a single day in the Indian calendar when a festival is not celebrated in this vast country. Land replete with rituals, color, feasting, music and regional celebrations- Host of New Year festivities unique to the particular states is celebrated with much fanfare.

Ugadi Celebrations

Telugu New Year’s Day or ‘Ugadi’ is celebrated in different parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. This day people decorate the entrance of home with fresh mango leaves and perform ritualistic worship of god Kartik, invoking his blessings. Special dishes are prepared with raw mango.

Ugadi Traditions

People of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka begin New Year preparations a week before the festival. All family members and friends sit together for traditional sauce called ‘Ugadi Pachchadi’ paste made of neem leaves, jaggery and raw mango. It’s bitter sweet taste signals that life means happiness and disappointments. All the experience must be treated equally. People visit temples and offers prayer to God for well-being and prosperity, chant mantras and listen to ‘Panchanga Sravanam’.

    

Gudi Padwa Celebrations

On New Year Maharashtrians clean their houses prior to the festival. Families gather and make regional delicacies like ‘pura poli’ or sweet roti, ‘soonth pah’ and ‘usal’. ‘Gudis’ are hung outside the houses or in the localities.

Gudi Padwa Traditions

Maharashtrians celebrate New Year on the first day of new moon and is known as ‘Gudi Padwa’ meaning ‘flag hoisting first day’. Families hold their religious ceremonies early in the morning, at which Almanac is read out, containing the horoscope of New Year. People pay a visit to the temples and offer garlands of flower and vermilion. The day’s festivity begins by eating bittersweet chutney of the neem leaves.

    

Naba Barsha Celebrations

Naba Barsha is Bengali New Year and its celebrations include songs, dance, music, cultural activities and feasting. Womenfolk make elaborate Rangolis or alpanas with flour in front of the house. Earthenware pot filled with holy water and mango leaves is kept at the center, to dispel the darkness. People visit dear ones, wishing each other “Shubho Nabo Barho.”

Naba Barsha Traditions

Bengalis wear flower garlands made of white daisies, pink roses, purple hibiscus and yellow marigolds around their wrists and neck during religious ceremonies and offer prayers to goddess of wealth. Traditional people of Kerala follow interesting custom ‘Vishukani or ‘Kani Kanal’ (first sight). Ladies prepare ‘Vishukani’ with items including a cadjan leaf book, gold ornaments, fresh white cloth, flowers of the Konna tree halved jack fruits, halved coconuts and yellow cucumber in a big along with bell metal mirror and a garlanded deity of Lord Krishna. On Vishu morning, it’s the first thing to be seen by family members.

New Year traditions vary, based on the geographic locations. But the essence for mirth and joy forms the core elements of the New Year celebrations.

    

Vishu Celebrations

Vishu’ is Malayalese New Year celebrated in Kerala on the new moon day. They follow the interesting custom of Vishukani or Kani Kanal (first sight). Items like gold ornaments, fresh white cloth, halved coconuts and yellow cucumber are kept a big pot along with the deity of Lord Krishna. It’s the first auspicious thing family members have to see in the morning.

The flavors of celebrations may vary, but New Year herald’s umpteenth joys infusing love and laughter in every heart and filling every home with abounding happiness.

    

Puthundu Celebrations

‘Puthandu’ marks the Tamil New Year’s Day. People of Tamil Nadu wear new clothes and savor the taste of festive food ‘Maanga Pachadi’ made of raw mangoes, jaggery and neem flowers. Families and friends greet each other “Puthandu Vazthukal.” Children receive gifts from the elders of family. In several places ‘Chitthirai Festival’ is celebrated and it marks the union of Lord Sundareswarar with his consort Goddess Meenakshi.

Puthandu Traditions

In Tamil Nadu people rise early on New Year’s morning and gather around the household altar for a special religious ceremony. Entrance of the house is designed in beautiful ‘kolam’ patterns and the center is decorated with a lamp called ‘kuthuvillakku’ to dispel darkness. Lord Ganesha is worshipped and offered fruits, flowers and sweets followed by a popular tradition ‘Kanni’ which means auspicious sight. People start Puthandu day watching auspicious things like gold, silver, betal leaves and nuts.

    



 
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