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UPSC Current Affairs – 09-04-2019

New year in different parts of india

NAVREH

  •  Navreh is the Kashmiri New Year Festival celebrated by the Kashmiri Pandits.
  •  The festival falls on the first day of the bright half of the month of Chaitra.
  • The word navreh, derived from the Sanskrit nava varsha, literary meaning ‘new year’.

BAISAKHI

  • Baisakhi is the Punjabi New Year Festival celebrated in the month of April.
  • The Punjabi celebrated this festival by performing their folk dance, Bhangra and Gidda.

BESTU VARAS

  •  Bestu Varas is the Gujarati New Year Festival.
  •  It is also called as Varsha-pratipada or Padwa, and falls in the month of Kartik, the first month of Gujarati Calendar.
  •  It falls on the day after Diwali.

GUDI PADWA

  •  It is a spring-time festival that marks the traditional new year of Marathi and Konkani Hindus.
  •  It is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month. The festival is observed with colourful floor decorations called
    rangoli.

LOSOONG

  •  It is the Sikkimese New Year Festival celebrated primarily by the Bhutia tribe but also by the Lepchas tribe.
  • Based on the Tibetan Lunar Calendar, the festival falls on the month of December.
  •  The festival is conducted at the Phodong and Rumtek Monasteries in Sikkim.
  •  Loosong is not only celebrated in India but it is also celebrated in Nepal and Bhutan.
  • The dance forms performed in the festival depict narrativized tales from the life of Padmasambhava

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