Ugadi is an occasion that is traditionally celebrated with day-long festivities with people undertaking new ventures as it is considered to be an auspicious time for doing so.
The Maharashtrian festival of Gudi Padwa revolves around the celebration of spring in the agricultural calendar. The date signifies the end of one season and the beginning of another.
Vishu is the astronomical new year celebrated in Kerala and Karnataka. It is observed on the first day of the month called Medam. Vishu signifies the sun’s transit into the Meda Raasi.
In Bengali, Pohela stands for ‘first’ and Boishakh is first month of Bengali calendar. The festival date is set according to the lunisolar Bengali calendar as the first day of its first month Baishakh. The festival is celebrated with processions, fairs and family time.
Owing to the fact that the culture of Assam is predominately agrarian, their calendar coincides with the beginning of the harvest season. This auspicious time is celebrated using celebratory dances, singing and sports.
Lasoong is a celebration to drive out the evil spirits and welcome the good spirits of the New Year. On this day prayers are offered to God for fruitful harvesting and ‘Chaam’ dancing is performed at Tsu-La-Khang Palace, Phodong and Rumtek.