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Ashadhi Bij, the new year celebration

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    History & Culture
  • Published
    19th Jul, 2021

The Prime Minister, ShriNarendraModi greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of AshadhiBij, the Kutchi New Year.

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The Prime Minister, ShriNarendraModi greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of AshadhiBij, the Kutchi New Year.

About

About the AshadhiBij

  • Ashadhi Bij is 2nd day of Shuklapaksha of Aashaadha month, of Hindu calendar.
  • This is an auspicious day for farming communities in Northern India especially in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and some other places.
  • This marks the beginning of the new year by the Kutchi People in Gujarat.
  • AshadhiBij is celebrated to predict the monsoon. During this, lend is checked by the experts to check the moisture in the atmosphere.
  • It is done to predict the suitability of the crop for the land.
  • On this occasion, RathYatra is celebrated.

Major New Year celebrations from different parts of the country

Festival,

State

 Features

Baisakhi,

Punjab

  • It commemorates the first day of the Vaisakh month.
  • The Sikh community of Punjab also celebrates this day as the formation of the Sikh Khalsa.
  • It is celebrated mainly at the birthplace of the Khalsa and the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Jude Sheetal,

Bihar, Jharkhand

  • Also known as Maithili New Year, it is celebrated by the Maithilis in Bihar, Jharkhand and even Nepal. 

BohagBihu,

North Eastern States

  • It is also known as RangaliBihu,BohagBihu also falls on the day of Baisakhi and Puthandu in Assam.
  • BohagBihu is celebrated for three days straight with many different traditions. Bihu dance is a form of celebration for the people

GudiPadwa,

Maharashtra

  • GudiPadwa is the first day of Chaitra month and marked as the New year in Maharashtra. 
  • A 'Gudi', a beautiful arrangement of silk saree or cloth tied to stick with a 'Lota' on the top and then decorated with sweets and garlands made of neem and mango.
  • The day symbolises the victory of ChatrapatiShivajiMaharaj over his enemies and Shalivahan’s victory over the Sakas. 

Ugadi,

Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

  • It is observed in these regions on the first day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Chaitra.
  • Traditional sweets and 'Pachadi' (sweet syrup) – made with raw mangoes and neem leaves – are served with the Ugadi meal.
  • Ugadi is the festival of new beginnings, so people buy new clothes and eat lots of good food with friends and family. 

Vishu,

Kerala

  • Vishu festival marks the beginning of harvest in the bountiful land of Kerala. 
  • On this day, devotees also visit SabarimalaAyyappanTemple and Guruvayur Krishna temple for prayers.

PohelaBoishakh,

West Bengal

  • The Poila or PohelaBoishakh is the first day of the Vaisakh, which is the Bengali New Year.
  • Santiniketan is well known for its Noboborsho (New Year) festivals.

Jamshedi Navroz,

Gujarat, Maharashtra

  • Novruz is the Iranian New Year, celebrated by many ethnolinguistic groups all over the world.
  • In India, on the next day of Pateti, Parsis celebrate Navroz.
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