Updated: Apr 1, 2022
Akshara Subramanian narrates regional celebrations of the Hindu New Year. The first day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month Chaitra represents the Hindu luni-solar new year. This date varies by year and lunar cycle but tends to occur in March or April. The solar calendar version of the New Year always occurs on Mesha Sankranti, or the solar transition to Aries. This date always falls between April 13-15 and is celebrated by various names. Here are examples of this festival across regions, including Ugadi, Gudi Padwa, Navreh, Cheti Chand, Chaitra Navratri, Vaisakhi, Puthandu, and Vishu.