India is a culturally rich country. Different regions follow different cultures and so the New Year traditions also vary. Every Indian state has its own history behind the New Year celebrations. People in various parts of the country celebrate New Year as per their traditional calender. One can see vibrant colors and distinctive features of these celebrations.
New Year dates of many religions coincide with each other. Baisakhi falls on April 13 or 14 every year and so does Bihu in Assam, Nabo Barsho in Bengal, Puthandu in Tamil Nadu and Pooram Vishu in Kerala. New Year in different regions of agriculturally rich country of India is usually celebrated to mark the time for harvesting of crops. While in some places, the religious minded people celebrate it to honor Lord Brahma for his universal creation. Whatever be the reason, the day begins with pooja at homes and temples and is followed by specific customs and rituals. At the time of New Year, every house is adorned with auspicious flowers, leaves and lights. People also present traditional New Year gifts to their dear ones and relish meals with families and friends to mark the auspicious day.