Hindu New Year is an all-inclusive expression, but the diversity of cultures points to the fact that each culture has a different name for the occasion and even a different date for some cultures. The religious calendar of the Hindus differs from the Gregorian calendar and thus the date might change from one year to another. The New Year is special for each culture, so 123NewYear has worked hard to get the list ready for everybody to see on which date the New Year falls in the year 2018.
Here are the New Year dates along with a small description to understand the importance of each culture and the way they celebrate the New Year.
- ANDHRA PRADESH AND KARNATAKA CALL THEIR NEW YEAR “UGADI” – March 18, 2018 (SUNDAY)
Individuals in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka trust that Lord Brahma created this universe on the auspicious day of Ugadi. Individuals get ready for the New Year by cleaning their their homes and purchasing new garments. On the Ugadi day, they brighten their homes with mango leaves and rangolis, appeal to God for a prosperous new year and visit temples of various Gods to tune in to their calendar called “Panchangasravanam”. Ugadi is likewise a promising day to set out on any new undertaking.
- THE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION IN MAHARASHTRA AND GOA IS GUDHI PADWA – March 18, 2018 (SUNDAY)
In Maharashtra, the New Year is commended as Gudhi Padwa – a celebration that envoys the approach of spring, thus falls between March and April. On the first day of the Chaitra month, individuals cleanse themselves, wear new garments and design their homes with spectacular “rangoli” designs. A banner made of silk is worshiped on this day. Greetings and desserts are traded, between colleagues and loved ones. Individuals hang “gudhis” (a metal or a silver vessel is placed on an adorned pole) put on it on their windows on this day to pay tribute to Mother Nature’s abundance.
- CHETI CHAND: THE SINDHI NEW YEAR – March 19, 2018 (MONDAY)
The Sindhis observe Cheti Chand on the New Year day, which matches with Gudhi Padwa in Maharashtra and Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Cheti Chand occurs on the first day of the Chaitra month, called Cheti in Sindhi. This day is seen as the birthday of the Sindhi’s patron saint known as Jhulelal. On this day, Sindhis adore Varuna, the water god and watch various customs, which include devotional songs and feasts, for example, bhajans and aartis.
- KASHMIR NEW YEAR CALLED NAVREH – March 18, 2018 (Sunday)
In the month of Chaitra, on the first day of Shukla Paksha, Kashmiri Hindus celebrate New Year with pomp and show. This is also Chaitra Navratras’ first day and the beginning of Sapath Rishi Sambat, the New Year. Rajtarangini by Kalhan as well as Nilamat Purana, have mentions of this.
- THE BRIGHT BAISAKHI OF PUNJAB – April 14, 2018 (Saturday)
Baisakhi involves grand celebrations, is commended on the thirteenth or fourteenth of April consistently, denoting the Punjabi New Year. Individuals praise the glad event by performing Bhangra and Giddha to the beating cadence of the dhol and ring in the New Year. Baisakhi likewise denotes the establishing of the Khalsa fellowship by Sikh Guru Govind Singh.
- THE NEW YEAR OR NABA BARSHA IN BENGAL FALLS ON POILA BAISHAKH – April 15, 2018 (Sunday)
The main day of the Bengali New Year falls in the vicinity of thirteenth and fifteenth of April consistently. This is a state occasion in the eastern province of West Bengal. To welcome the New Year or Naba Barsha, individuals clean and adorn their homes and summon Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of riches and prosperity. Every single new venture start on this favorable day, as businessmen open their new ledgers with “Haal Khata- – a service in which Lord Ganesha is worshipped and clients who come in to make purchases are offered refreshments and sometimes lovely gifts. The general population of Bengal celebrates the day with wonderful feasts and other festivities.
- THE BOHAAG BIHU: NEW YEAR OF ASSAM – April 15, 2018 (Sunday)
The northeastern province of Assam introduces the New Year with the spring celebration of Rongali Bihu or Bohaag Bihu, which denotes the beginning of another farming cycle. Fairs are sorted out in which individuals delight in cheerful recreations. The festivals continue for quite a long time, giving a decent time to youngsters to find their life partner. Youthful debutantes in conventional clothing sing “Bihugeets” and move the customary “Mukoli Bihu”. The merry sustenance of the event is the “pitha” or rice cakes. Individuals visit each other’s homes, trade blessings and desserts, while they greet each other.
- KERALA WISHING HAPPY NEW YEAR ON THE OCCASION OF VISHU – April 14, 2018 (Saturday)
“Vishu is the first day in the principal month of Medam in Kerala, the delightful seaside state in southern India. The general population of this state starts the day at an early hour in the morning by going to temples and searching for any promising sight, known as Vishukani. The day is loaded with conventional customs, which include tokens called Vishukaineetam, for the most part in type of coins, being dispersed among the poor. Individuals wear new garments – Kodi vastram – and praise the day by blasting sparklers and getting a charge out of an assortment of luxuries at a detailed lunch called the sadya with family and companions. The evening and night are spent in the Vishuwela.
- TAMIL NEW YEAR ALSO CALLED PUTHANDU VAZTHUKAL OR VARSHA PIRAPPU – April 14, 2018 (Saturday)
The Tamil-talking individuals over the globe observe Puthandu Vazthukal or Varsha Pirappu, around the middle of April. The day breaks by watching Kanni, which includes gold, silver and various farm products. Panchanga Puja follows Kanni. On the eve of Puthandu, each family adorns their homes with beautiful garlands of mango leaves and enriching designs called Vilakku Kolam. Wearing new garments, the relatives assemble and light a customary light, the kuthu vilakku. The customary Puthandu feast comprises of pachadi – a blend of jaggery, chilies, salt, neem leaf or blooms, and tamarind along with green banana and jackfruit dishes and an assortment of sweet ‘payasam’ dessert.
- MAHA VISHUVA SANKRANTI IN THE STATE OF ORISSA/ODISHA – April 14, 2018 (Saturday)
The people of Odisha celebrate the occasion of Maha Vishuva sankranti by drinking Paana, a water mixture that symbolizes rain. It is basically sweet water prepared with Mishri and water. Horse-gram flour, curd and banana are traditionally consumed on this day. Danda Naach is a traditional form of dance that is performed along with deity worship for the day of Maha Vishuva Sankranti.