Thursday, 11 April 2013

Talk about India, from India with you

Good morning/Good afternoon/Good evening my friends, wherever you are! This 11:00pm. 11th April, 2013, Thursday in India. Due to technological problem, I have not able to blog ‘Flavors of India’ and ‘Tips from an Indian Homemaker’ last week. Now the problems are almost solved and hope it will be alright in future. So, I have decided to blog two recipes and extra tips this week! Cheers!!


Friends, in India, the month April comes with lots of happiness, color and joy. You know, we have many New Years! Don’t you believe that? But, it’s true! In India, every one or two states have their own calendar and New Year and generally, they all are fallen in April! I explain:




1)Ugadi is celebrated as New Year's Day in Karnataka and Andhra pradesh and Gudi Padwa is celebrated as New Year's Day in Maharashtra on the same day which corresponds to end of March or beginning of April according to the Gregorian calendar. 2) Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu (mid-April), is celebrated as the Assamese New Year and the arrival of Spring around April 14-15. 3) Puthandu, also known as Varuda pirappu, is celebrated as New Year's Day in Tamil Nadu, is celebrated on the first day of the Tamil month Chithirai, which falls on 14 April. 4) Vishu is celebrated as New Year's Day in Kerala; is celebrated on the first day of the Malayalam month of Medam which is mid-April on the Gregorian calendar. 5) Cheiraoba is celebrated as New Year's Day in Manipur; falls on the same day as Ugadi or Gudi Padwa. 6) Navreh is the lunar New Year which is celebrated in Kashmir and also falls on the same day as Ugadi or Cheiraoba or Gudi Padwa. 7) Mahavishuva Sankranti is celebrated as the Oriya New Year and generally falls on 13 or 14 April. 8) Cheti Chand is celebrated as New Year's Day by Sindhis and falls a day after Ugadi and Gudi Padi. 9) The festivals of Chaitti and Basoa are celebrated as New Year festivals in the state of Himachal Pradesh and also are celebrated on the same day as Ugadi and Gudi Padwa. 10) Pohela Boishakh or Poila Boishakh is the first day of the Bengali calendar, celebrated in both Bangladesh and West Bengal and is celebrated on 14 or 15 April every year which is celebrated as New Year in West Bengal. 11) Chaitra Pratipada celebrated in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh with the beginning of the Hindu New Year; falls in April. 12) Juri Sheetal also known as Pahil Baisakh or Baisakhi or Maithili New Year is the celebration of the first day of the Maithili New Year and falls on 14 April on Gregorian calendar by the Maithils in Mithila region of India and Nepal.



Here is one more New Year which is not fallen in April. It is Bestu Varas, is the New Year's Day for Gujaratis and falls on the day next to Diwali; in the month of October or November. Beside that, I think there are more except my knowledge.

So friends, for Indian’s, April Rocksss!! I will share you all the customs and fun which we do in the events.

That’s all for today, friends! Ttake very care of your family and children! Have a good day/ afternoon/evening/night! Namaskar.


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