How and when celebrating the New Year in India?

How and when celebrating the New Year in India?

Not in all countries on January 1, it is customary to consider the new year. In India, the date annually varies depending on the Hindu calendar.


New Year in the most mysterious country in the world, although it is called, but is very different from that holiday, to which residents of other states are accustomed. It is no coincidence that India is considered the most new year country of the world. New Year in India is celebrated on the territory of each state in different days.

Typically, the traditional celebration in many regions begins On the first day of the month of Chetra, that is, in the third decade of March. But the inhabitants of Kashmir meet on March 10, the inhabitants of Andhra Pradesh – at the end of March, Sikhi Punjab – April 14, West Bengal and Assam officially celebrate it on April 15, in Kerala the celebration falls on August and September, in some regions – at the end of October and beginning of November.

Indian youth living in large cities, and guests of the country celebrate the New Year on the night of December 31 on January 1. This tradition originated in the twentieth century and still has no established rituals. It has details of Western European culture and elements of the national flavor. On the eve of the holiday, someone suits general cleaning at home, getting rid of the rubble, burns old things. Others paint their skin ornaments from henna to attract good luck and happiness in the coming year.

India is distinguished by the original culture and a large number of religious areas. On holidays, it looks awesome: roofs of houses attract people’s attention to orange flags and lights. Some Hindus decorate their home by garlands. Many inhabitants of different continents have exotic India associated with amazing flavors and bright colors. And in fact, Indian villages on holidays are filled with wonderful fragrance. Residents of Northern India are dressing and decorated themselves alive flowers. They prefer white, red, pink and purple shades.

The obligatory attribute of the southern country is exotic fruits.

Hindus believe that How to celebrate the holiday, so the whole year will pass. Celebration passes quite colorfully. Noisy fairs are arranged on squares and streets, carnival processions and theatrical performances. At midnight, the bell ringing is distributed, and multicolored fireworks flashed everywhere. In the port cities at 12 o’clock in the night include ship sirens, informing the inhabitants of the new year.

Time spending

There are several major types of new years in the country. Indian lunar calendar plays a big role in clarifying the date. Some states celebrate it for a year more than once.

  • In mid-January, nature awakens after the end of winter, and residents of the northern regions of India celebrate Laurie’s Day. The date coincides with the Russian Old New Year. On this day, it is customary to bring gifts to each other.

  • Cashmir staff celebrates New Year from March 10. Walking continues more than a month.

  • At the end of March and the first few of April, the celebration of the New Year in Marathov and Concani. The celebration begins on the first day of the arriving moon of the month of Chetra on the Hindu calendar. Usually the population of Andhra Pradesh regions and carnatack suits the Grand Festival. Rustic residents freeze the walls of their homes cow in the waiting for a happy year. In Indian cities, the cultural program of the celebration includes literary disputes, presenting premiums to writers and poets. Evenings and on weekends there are musical and dance activities.

  • Southerners Arrange Holiday Vice – a day that follows the Spring Equinox on the Indian calendar. Astrological transition from the sign of fish to the phase of Aries corresponds to the first day of the new year. It is celebrated in Tamil-Nadu in compliance with distinctive traditional rituals. People dress up in skirts made of dried bananas leaves. Their faces hide masks.

  • Sikhi meet the new year on April 14 and dedicate him the first day of the month of the sun calendar – Weissakh Nationalaxhah. Vaisaki – the most favorite Sikh holiday. On this day, the festive ceremony is solemnly read by postulates from the Holy Book of Sikhov. Residents of Indian states, such as Assam, Manipur, West Bengal, Orissa, are also focused on Hindu sunny calendar and officially celebrate the holiday on April 15. In some regions of Northern India, these days the solemn event is held, associated with the ritual of ablution in the sacred river. New Year holidays coincide with harvest. The festival dedicated to the crop is held in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradeshe and Haryana.

  • In Kerala, the New Year coincides with the first day of the month of Chingham (from August 16 to September 15).

  • Original traditions are inherent in the Diwali holiday, which comes simultaneously with the “Festival of Lights”. Diwali symbolizes the celebration of good over evil. It is celebrated from the end of October to December. Throughout the time it is customary to give each other gifts and light the lamps. Even the Gang River all glows from the lights floating in it.

Customs and rites

Residents of India Covere New Year holidays Noisy and fun. Everywhere there are massive walking, songs are distributed from everywhere. People dance and having fun until the morning. Often the Indians are located on the river bank. There they are laid out right on the sand of the treats and share food with others. A huge amount of spices and spices on the New Year’s table symbolizes abundance and wealth. According to tradition, the Hindus on this day avoid the use of fish and meat dishes, so as not to brighten their gods. Taken to cook rice with vegetables, breadpids, pies with cheese, pickled fruits and vegetables in mustard oil.

Sweet dishes are exhibited on the table: manual pudding, milk sweet, cottages in sweet syrup, rice sweets with nuts and cardamom.

During the celebration of the holiday, Vice treats consist of the same amount of bitter, sweet, acidic and salty food. On the eve of the celebration prepared Special offering with cucumbers, rice and nuts. The oldest women make their Hindu deities. Together with the products on the tray put special mirrors, yellow flowers, sacred texts and coins. Not far from the ending with a bronze lamp.

After waking up early in the morning, all family members with closed eyes make their way to the altar room. They believe in what the first seen will accompany them all year. And read lines at rampan open page rands from the ancient Indian epic “Ramayana” will be predicted by the events of the upcoming future.

In the central part of the country, during mass guides, it is customary to launch air coils, publicly burn the stuffed or elegantly decorated tree. Local residents arrange competitions in archery, jump through the fire, walk along hot coals and stones. Celebration participants sprinkle themselves with multi-colored powders and water paints.

Residents of Bengal necessarily in the river wash off sins accumulated over the year.

On holidays, it is categorically forbidden to irritate, sad and rude. In many Indian provinces, the year begin with honored the sacred cows. Special delicacy prepare for them.

Ritual is the presentation of gifts to poor relatives. New Year’s gifts most often consist of fruit baskets, nuts and live flowers. Children handed trays with sweets and beautiful fruit fruits decorated with wonderful compositions from flowers.

Beautifully decorated trays lead the kids delight and remembered to them for a long time.

The following video shows how to celebrate the New Year in India.

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