Cultural New Year celebrated traditionally in different parts of country
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 14-Apr-2017

New Delhi, April 14: Many states in India are celebrating New Year today with fervor. States like Assam, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Kerala are celebrating the day in traditional form. This occasion is celebrated with full of joy by wearing the new dress and greeting each other. On the occasion of New Year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted everyone through Twitter.In Assam, the day is celebrated as Rongali Bihu. The festival is also known as the ‘Bohaag Bihu’ as it marks the beginning of the Assamese month-Bohaag. The celebration will last for a week. In India, it is celebrated seven days after Vishuva Sankranti of the month of Vaisakh or locally 'Bohag' (Bhaskar Calendar).

In Tamil Nadu celebrated Puthandu also known as Puthuvarusham or Tamil New year is celebrated today by Tamils with traditional fervor and gaiety. Tamil New Year is celebrated today on the first of Chithirai Month. Womenfolk make decorated kolam rangoli in front of their house and entrances will be decorated by mango leaves. Special prayers are being held today at Samayapuram Mariamman temple, Srirangam Ranganathar temple, Rockfort Manickavinayagar Temple, Palani Dandayuthapani temple as part of the new year.

Sweets were distributed to enjoy the joyous occasion. In the afternoon grand feast arusuvai, unavu will be held with mango pachadi. Neem flowers will be put in all the dishes as it has got medicinal value.

In West Bengal, the large number of people are visiting Dakshineswar and Kalighat temples since early morning on Poila Baishakh. Pahela Baishakh or Pohela Boishakh is the traditional new year day of the Bengali people. It is celebrated on 14 April as a national holiday in Bangladesh, and on 14 or 15 April in the Indian states of West Bengal, Tripura and elsewhere by people of Bengali heritage, irrespective of their religious faith.

A number of cultural programmes have also been organized to mark the day in West Bengal. People are wishing each other Suvo NoboBorsho and exchanging sweets and greetings. Traders open new books of account which is known as Hal-Khata.

In Kerala Vishu is celebrated, the Malayalam new year festival means “equal”. On this day they devotees throng Krishna temples for pre-dawn auspicious Vishukani darshan on Vishu. Lord Krishna temple in Guruvayoor and Aiyappa temple in Sabrimalla are also being visited by a large number of devotees. It is celebrated with utmost joy and gaiety in Kerala and Karnataka.