Friday, April 8, 2016

Happy New Year in month of 'Chaitra'

Chaitra is fist month of the Hindu calendar. First day of Chaitra is celebrated across India with different names such as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, Chaitrai Vishu or Puthandu in Tamil Nadu and Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, beginning of Chaitra Navratri in North India, Cheti Chand among the Sindhi people etc.


The Marwari celebrate the same day as their new year day Thapna. The Hindus of Bali and Indonesia also celebrate their new year on the same day called Nyepi. Kashmiri Pandits celebrate their New Year’s Day on the first day of the month of Chaitra and known Navreh.

First day of month is also observed in North-East state of Manipur where it is known by the name Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba and the month is special for Punjabi as one of their important festivals, Baisakhi falls in this month.


Chaitra which usually falls in English month of April is considered as spring season in India. All the associated festivals are some what related with the harvest reason as during this month one can see farms full of wheat, barley and other such crops. 

On the festive day, courtyards and interiors of the house swept clean. Many decorate the entrance of their houses with fresh mango leaves. The spring cleaning includes rangoli designs on doorsteps, the vibrant colours mirroring on walls, decoration with the burst of colour associated with spring. Everyone dresses up in new clothes and organized family gatherings.


People prepare awesome food to marked the day such as Maharashtrian families make shrikhand and Puran Poli on this day. Traditionally, families eat the leaves of the neem tree. Sometimes, a paste of neem leaves is prepared and mixed with jaggery and tamarind. 

In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, people prepare pulihora, bobbatlu and Pachadi. In Karnataka too, similar preparations are made but called puliogure and holige. Konkanis make Kanangachi Kheer and Sanna. 


Those who observe fast in Navratri eat food that is acceptable in fast including, sabudana khichdi, samvat rice khichdi, kuttu ki khichdi, singhare ki poori, aloo paneer kofta, dahi aloo etc.

Thanks for reading guys :) stay tuned for more! 

Mugdha 


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