HINDU NEW YEAR
About Hindu New Year
Hindu New Year
Hindu 12 Months
Hindu Month Calendar
Indian Festivals Calendar
Hindu New Year Wallpapers
Hindu New Year Cards
Festival Calendar From Different Religions
Sikh Festival Calendar
Jain Festival Calendar
Parsi Festival Calendar
Hindu new year Among Different Religions
Gudi Padwa
Ugadi
Vishu
Rongali Bihu
Naba Barsha
Tamil New Year
Sikkimese New Year
Assamese New Year
Gujarati New Year
Happy New Year
Hindu New Year Celebration
Hindu New Year Prayer
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Hindu New Year

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New Year Celebrations in Different State in India
States Event Date
Punjab Baisakhi 14th April
Tamil Nadu Tamil New Year 14th of April
Kerala Malayalam New Year Month of Medam
Bengal Bengali New Year 14th or 15th April
Assam Bihu 14th or 15th April
Gujarat Gujarati New Year Karthik Shukla Pratipada
Andhra Pradesh Gudi Padwa Chaitra Shuddha Prathipade
Karnataka Gudi Padwa Chaitra Shuddha Prathipade
Sikkim Sikkim New Year 18th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar
Maharashtra Maharashtra New Year Month of Chaitra

Hindu New Year: Celebrating Beginnings

With as much zeal the western new year is celebrated, the Hindu new year is celebrated with equal pomp and vigour, if not more. However, each year the day falls on different dates as the Hindu new year date is calculated on the basis of Panchang, the Hindu Lunar calendar. The day may vary, but one thing is set, the first day of the Kartik month is considered the new year.

New Years According to Hindu Mythology

There are also mythologies and legends associated with this day. As per the Brahma Purana, Hindu new year is the day when Lord Brahma created the universe after the 'pralaya' and the time got created again.

There is also a legend which considers this day as a day when Vikramaditya invaded Ujjain and the new era began after the king's victory. This is the reason this day is also celebrated as Vikram Sampat.

Different States, Different Dates for New Year

Being culturally rich, India has many states observing the new year at different times of the year. Since traditions and cultures vary, different states celebrate at different times. For instance, Baisakhi is Punjabi new year, Gudi Padwa is the Marathi new year and Pohela Boishakh is the Bengali new year. Also, India being an agricultural economy, many states celebrate the new year when it is time to harvest the crops.

Hindu Year Months and Festivals

There are a total of 12 months in the Hindu calendar:

1. Chaitra
Chaitra marks the beginning of Spring. It is the first month of the year in the Hindu calendar and begins when there is new moon towards the end of March or beginning of April. There are important festivals in this month, namely, Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti.

2. Vaisākha
It roughly begins from 21st April and ends on 22nd May. This month also witnesses Buddha Purnima, which is celebrated as the birthday of Gautama Buddha. The harvest festival, Baisakhi, is also observed during this month.

3. Jyaishtha
The third month starts about 22nd May and lasts until 21st June. Vats Poornima falls in this month and is a widely celebrated festival in Karnataka and Maharashtra. Women celebrate this festival by praying for their husbands and tie threads around a banyan tree. Sitalsasthi Carnival, a significant occasion in Odisha, is also conducted in this month.

4. Asadha
The fourth month of Hindu calendar begins on 21st June and ends around 22nd July. Guru Purnima is a major festival celebrated in this month. Shayani Ekadashi is also observed during this time.

5. Sravana
The fifth month begins around 23rd July and ends on 23rd August. There are a number of joyous festivals that fall during this month. Krishna Janmashtami is observed as the day of Lord Krishna's birth. Then comes the Raksha Bandhan which celebrates the bond between a brother and a sister. Nag Panchami also falls during this period when Lord Naga is worshipped.

6. Bhadra
The sixth Hindu month begins about 23 August and ends on 23rd September. Anant Chaturdashi and Madhu Purnima are major festivals celebrated during this month.

7. Asvina
The seventh month starts around 23rd September and lasts until 23rd October. Some major festivals fall in this months, such as Durga Puja, Dussehra, Diwali and Kali Puja.

8. Kartika
The month continues from 23rd October to 22nd November. Kartik Poornima also celebrated as Dev Deepavali in the region of Varanasi, falls in this month. This day also coincides with Mahavira's nirvana and Guru Nanak Jayanti.

9. Agrahayana
This ninth month begins on 22nd November and ends around 22nd December. Mokṣada Ekadasi, Klabhairava Aṣṭami falls in this month.

10. Pausa
The tenth month begins on 22nd December and ends around 21st January. Harvest festivals like Makar Sankranti and Pongal are observed during this month.

11.Magha
This month begins on the 21st January and ends around 20th February. Vasant Panchami, also known as Saraswati Puja, is celebrated with enthusiasm among different states. Rathasapthami is another major celebrated festival observed during the Hindu eleventh month.

12.Phalguna
The last month begins on 20th February and ends around 21st March. North India observes Holi during this time. Goa and Konkan celebrate Shigmo in this month.



Baisakhi

When: 14th April, 2018
Celebrated in - Punjab

On the 13th or 14th April every year, Punjab comes alive with the beats of the bhangra and Gidda as Punjabis celebrate their New Year. Known as Baisakhi, the day marks prayers for a good harvest. Some of the highlights of the day include processions, visits to the gurdwara and dance and other performances. This is a very significant day for the Sikh community as it was on this day in 1699 that the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, laid the foundation of Panth Khalsa, the Order of the Pure Ones.

Baisakhi Messages

Let the beginning of the harvest year bring in lots of prosperity for the nation.
Baisakhi is here. It's time for Bhangra and Gidda. Happy Baisakhi.
On this Baisakhi I pray to the almighty for your home to be filled with tons of happiness.
May Wahe Guru always be by your side and always show you the way forward in doing great things. Have a happy Baisakhi.
Baisakhi is a festival of love, prosperity, and peace. May the Lord give you all three. Happy Baisakhi.

Puthandu

When: 14th April, 2018
Celebrated in - Tamil Nadu

Tamils celebrate their New Year as Puthandu. Observed in mid-April, it is the first day of Chithirai which is the first month of the Tamil calendar. To usher in good fortune, People begin the day by viewing precious things such as rice, coconut, silver, gold, betel leaves, jewelery, mirror, vegetables among others. People start preparations for the day in advance and this is done by decorating the house. Mango leaves are an important part of the decorations and can be seen garlanded at the doorways. People visit temples to offer their prayers and also cook the traditional meal of pachadi.

Puthandu Messages

On the auspicious occasion of Puthandu, may the Lord shower all his blessings upon you and your family.
I pray that the Lord provides you enough strength to endure the highs and lows of life. Have a happy Puthandu.
Learn from the mistakes that you made in the past year and take a pledge not to commit them in the new year. Happy Puthandu.
May the New Year be like a path full of roses. Have a great Puthandu.
May Puthandu bring in lots of prosperity into your family's life. Wish you and your family a very happy Puthandu.

Vishu

When: 14th April, 2018
Celebrated in - Kerala

Vishu – the Kerala New Year – is an auspicious day and is celebrated by much fervor by the Malyali community in the state as well as other regions of the country. Vishukani, which means seeing any auspicious sight, is one of the most significant part of the celebrations. Other than this people decorate their homes with lights and burst firecrackers. People indulge in charity by undertaking "Vishukaineetam", which is usually the distribution of coins to the poor and needy people.

Vishu Messages

Let us make a resolution that every day of the New Year will be like Vishu.
On Vishu, I pray that you may have good health, immense wealth, prosperity, wisdom and good fortune in life. Have a happy Vishu.
Vishu is the start of a New Year and of new beginnings. Happy Vishu.
Today I may be far away from you, but on the happy occasion of Vishu, I send my heartfelt wishes to you.
May the Lord bring peace and prosperity in your home. Have a very happy Vishu.

Bihu

When: 14th April, 2018
Celebrated in - Assam

Usually celebrated in the middle of April, Bohaag Bihu or Rongali Bihu is observed as New Year's Day in Assam. A harvest festival it marks the beginning of the agriculture cycle. Spread over a period of three days, the first day of the festival is dedicated to the cattle, which, especially for the farming community, is a major means of livelihood. The second day is known as Manuh Bihu. Special dishes are made on this day which comprise flattened rice, curd, jaggery and sweets. The third day of the festival is known as Gosain Bihu. It is dedicated to the worship of deities.

Bihu Messages

May the auspicious festival of Bihu usher in new energy and zeal in you to strive ahead in whatever you do. Happy Bihu.
Welcome Bihu with a big smile and endeavor to make the year ahead prosperous. Have a happy Bihu.
Bihu is the time to rejoice, to say farewell to the year gone by and to welcome with open arms the New Year that is arriving.
On Bihu, banish all the negative thoughts and open your doors to positivity. Happy Bihu!
Let the beautiful colors of Bihu fill you life. Have a great Bihu.
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Pohela Boishakh

When: 14th April, 2018
Celebrated in - West Bengal and Bangladesh

New Year is referred as Pohela Boishakh in West Bengal and Bangladesh. Usually observed on April 14, the day coincides with the New Year days celebrated in the southern states, Punjab, Kashmir and others. In the State of West Bengal and the neighbouring country of Bangladesh, the day is observed as a state holiday and a national holiday respectively. The Bengali New Year begins at dawn and all through the day processions, fair and song and dances are observed by the Bengali communities all through India and the world. It is a significant day for the business community as start the day with a new ledger.

Pohela Boishakh Messages

May every day be the best day for you in the year.
This new year, may god shower new happiness on you.
May this year bring plethora of opportunities for you.
With new clothes, dozens of sweets, and blessings of elders, let's celebrate the new year.
May this new year turns out as sweet as Rosogolla.
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Cheti Chand

When: 29th March, 2018
Celebrated in - Sindhi community

The Sindhi community in India refers to their New Year as Cheti Chand which celebrates the spirit of togetherness. The day is observed in honor of the birth of Jhulelal, the Sindhi water God. The survival of mankind depends on water and such the Sindhi community worships water on this day. In the evening, the Sindhi community worships Varun, who is the god of water and cosmic order, and sing hymns and songs in his praise.


Navreh

When: 28th March, 2018
Celebrated in - Kashmir

In Kashmir, New Year is known as Navreh and is celebrated by the Kashmiri Pandit community. It is celebrated somewhere in the months of March-April. On this day, people prapre a plate which comprises certain items such as unhusked rice, bread, yogurt, salt, sugar, a pen, mirror, flowers, an almanac and a silver coin or money. People upon waking up take a peek at the plate before they begin their day.

Navreh Messages

Let the new year bring in lots of happiness, wealth and prosperity for you and your family. Happy Navreh
On Navreh, I pray to lord that all your dreams turn into reality.
New year brings new hopes and aspirations. Wishing you a very happy Navreh.
It's time to give a fresh start to your life. Wishing you lots of happiness. Happy Navreh.
On the auspicious occasion of Navreh let's make a resolution to indulge in deeds that bring happiness to others. Have a great Navreh.

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Ugadi

When: 29th March, 2018
Celebrated in - Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telengana

Ugadi is a significant festival observed in the south Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Karnataka. It is the first day of Chaitra which is the first month of the year. It is celebrated in the months of March or April. In these states it is believed that Lord Brahma, who comprises the trinity along with Vishnu and Shiva, started the creation of the universe on this day. People wake up at dawn and take a bath. Following this, they apply hair oil. Cleaning and decorating the house and putting raw mango leaves on the doors and buying new clothes forms an important part of the celebrations. But the highlight of the day is the unique dish called Ugadi Pachadi. This scrumptious delicacy comprises neem, raw mango, tamarind, jaggery and is prepared in almost every home.

Ugadi Messages

Ugadi is a day to have fun, eat sweets and pray to the Lord for a good harvest.
Ugadi means the beginning of a new year, new hopes, new dreams and new goals. Have a happy Ugadi
May Ugadi drive away all negative and brooding thoughts and usher in the light of reason and positivity.
Celebrate the day with your family and friends by indulging in festivities and gorging on sweets. Happy Ugadi.
May you excel in every action or deed that you undertake in life. Happy Ugadi.

Gudi Padwa

When: 29th March, 2018
Celebrated in - Maharashtra and Goa

Gudi Padwa is an important day for Hindus in Maharashta and Goa, as well as Konkanis. Celebrated in the month of March-April, Gudi Padwa marks the day when Lord Brahma created the world following the great deluge. The day is significant from the agricultural point of view as it marks the end of one harvest and the start of another. A prominent sight witnessed on this day is gudi displayed in Maharashtrian households either in a window, terrace or other high place so that it is prominently visible. A gudi is a green or yellow cloth which is tied on a bamboo stick. The other articles that comprise the bamboo stick are sugar crystals, neem leaves and a garland of red flowers. People on this day offer prayers, decorate the house with colorful rangolis.

Gudi Padwa Messages

On this Gudi Padwa, let's make a resolution that we will spread kindness and smiles all around us.
Wish you and your family lots of love and happiness on the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa.
It's time to bid adieu to the year gone by and welcome the new one. Happy Gudi Padwa.
On the happy occasion of Gudi Padwa, I pray that you achieve success in everything you do. Have a great Gudi Padwa.
On Gudi Padwa, I pray to the Lord that he may show us the light so that we may tread on the path of righteousness.
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