Gujarati New Year is celebrated among all the major festivities in
the month of October. It is celebrated on the next day of Diwali. Gujarati
New Year is synonymous with sudekam of the kartik month it is the
first day of first month of Gujarati calender.
is New Year in Gujarati and Varsha-pratipada
are other names of the same. According to the legends, Lord
Krishna once performed Govardhan Pooja along with the people of Vraja for
their protection from heavy rains. Since then, it became a tradition to
worship Govardhan Parvat and celebrate this day as a New Year.
Bestu Varas Celebrations
Tradtional customs and rituals are performed to welcome the New Year and
bid farewell to the by gone time. It's a day of blooming desires and zest.
Bestu Varas is the time to reitre all the pains, sufferings and memories of
New Year in Gujarat is the time to make merry. Since these celebrations are
escalated at the time of Diwali, it marks a mirthful experience for all the
gujjus. Almost all Gujarati houses are lighted colorfully and decorated with
flowers. On this day, people dress up nicely and visit temples with flowers
and mithai. Everyone wish each other New Year whilst offering prayers to
God. Some temples in Gujarat also conduct a grand Govardhan Pooja.
A lavish meal at the end of the day credits the festival spirit. Most of
the Gujaratis indulge in heavy eating this day. Thus, New Year in Gujarat
reflects the true spirit of Indian tradition. The essence of Gujarati
culture and religion can be felt in the New Year celebrations. Love, unity
and togetherness are the intangible assets of these celebrations.
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