The Hindu New Year is believed to be an auspicious time, so if you’ve got big plans for 2016, now is the time to start putting them into motion! This new ‘Samvathsara’ (year) is just about to start…
Unlike the Gregorian calendar used in the UK, the Hindu year is calculated on the basis of the Hindu lunisolar calendar. This means that despite the New Year being celebrated during different dates in India, it usually takes place at the beginning of spring and falls this year on the 8th April.
One New Year, lots of names!
New Year’s Day, or Ugadi, is celebrated differently in different parts India. In Southern India, namely in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, Ugadi is celebrated as Gudi Padwa, or Samvatsar Padvo. In the North of India, the new year is known as Chaitra Navratri; the nine nights of Navratri are celebrated with a mix of prayer, dance, feasting and fireworks.
Celebrating the New Year is a vibrant festival full of colour, food, new clothes, family and devotion. Traditional rituals take place throughout the day, including the offering of neem, mango and tamarind leaves to the Gods, whilst doorways are beautifully decorated with neem and mango leaves, along with red mud, known as Kemmannu and Rangoli, a decorative art which involves drawing in white stone powder, to bring good luck and fortune.
The People of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka actually begin the New Year preparations a week before the festival, with friends and family members coming together to enjoy a traditional food called Ugadi Pachadi or Bevu Bella. Made with tamarind water, chopped green mango, jaggary, neem flowers or leaves, green chillies and salt, this dish represents life’s happiness and sorrows!
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Happy New Year!