All Indians started countdown for exciting New Year 2016. India is full of diversity where we observed world’s major religions; Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Additionally, there are more than 1,652 different languages in India due to which lot of diversity is seen is the celebration at different region. As we all know, the new year is celebrated all over the world like a biggest festival. It is very important to celebrate New Year for new hope. Celebration of New Year in India is a fun event often full of food, frolic and rituals. Dance and music are integral parts of New Year celebrations in the country.
New Year celebration in the different states of the country is given below,
Assamese New Year:
Assam is a northeastern state of India which is known for its fertile land and vast expanses of tea gardens. The celebration observed during April or May. The people from Assam celebrate with Bihu dances and the special dishes.
Bengali New Year:
The Bengalis are the residents of Eastern India which is recognized for its fertile land and culture. Hence, the New Year celebration in Bengal coincides with the beginning of the harvesting season in the area. The celebration is also called ‘Poila Boisakh’.
Gujarati New Year:
The Gujaratis celebrate their New Year as Bestu Varas. It is a very auspicious day for the Gujaratis because of its mythological significance. The Gujarati New Year is celebrated on the next day of Diwali.
Malayalam New Year:
Malayalam New Year is the most popular celebration in Kerala. It is also called as Vishu. The tradition of Vishukkani is performed on this day. It means seeing the first things on the morning of Vishu. The Malayalis religiously collect items like raw rice, fresh lemon, golden cucumber, betel leaves, areca nut, metal mirror, and yellow flowers – konna.
Marathi New Year:
The Marathi’s in western India celebrate their new year as Gudi Padwa. The New Year day coincides with ‘pratipada’ or the first day of the month in Hindu lunar calendar. On this day, a Gudi, or a decorated flag is erected in Marathi households. The people of Maharashtra take special care in decorating their flags with garlands and flowers.
Punjabi New Year:
Punjabi New Year is full of fun and frolic. The New Year day denotes the beginning of the harvesting season in the area and therefore it is the most important festival for the farming community of the region. The loud calls of “Jatta aayi Baisakhi” mark the beginning of the celebration.
Sikkim’s New Year:
The Sikkimese New Year is celebrated in the month of December of Gregorian calendar. The traditions followed in the celebration have strong Buddhist influence and many of the rituals followed are borrowed from the Tibetan New Year celebration.
Tamil New Year:
The Tamil New Year is celebrated in Chitterai, which is the first month of Tamil calendar. Visiting temples and worshiping deities are the most important features of the New Year celebration. Thousands of devotees gather at Meenakshi Temple of Madurai to offer puja to their worshiping Goddess. Neem leaves and raw mangoes are eaten which are believed to cleanse the body.
Telugu New Year:
The Telugu New Year is celebrated to commemorate the beginning of spring in South India. It is a popular festival across the states of South India. The word Ugadi is said to denote Yuga which means era or epoch. A significant ritual of the New Year celebration is oil bath. Consuming Ugadi Pachhadi, or a mixture of six tastes, is an important part of the celebration.