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March-April is New Years time for a number of Indian States based on their individual regional lunar calendars.

The southern Indian states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh will begin their new year - Ugadi. The Marathas will celebrate their new year Gudi Padwa, and the Sindhis will observe Cheti Chand, the coming of new year a day after.

This year, the Telugu, Kannada, and Marathi New Year fall on the same day - Monday, March 31, 2014 - the 16th day of the month of Chaitra, heralding the advent of spring. Cheti Chand falls on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

Don't forget to wish happy new year to your friends from these Indian communities! Read Full Article

Photo: Gudi Padwa celebration in Maharashtra, India (Getty Images / AFP)

April 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm
(1) Nitin says:

Happy Cheti Chand to all Sindhis.
Jai Jhulelal

April 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm
(2) Subhamoy says:

Happy New Year!

April 5, 2011 at 2:30 am
(3) munnaprasad says:

Naya varsha sub to mubarak ho.

April 9, 2013 at 8:20 pm
(4) Jothi Ramanah says:

Vijaya Naama Ugadhi Subaakaanchulu to all Telugus. Greetings from Malaysia.

April 11, 2013 at 8:46 am
(5) vijay kaul says:

Happy New-Year (Samvatsar)…I want to inform humbly that this day is also the New-year for KASHMIRI-pandit Hindus since vedic ages—-called by the name of..NAVREH(=new+year). pleaze incorporate the same in yopur esteemed Blog for the information of all…..I am a fan of your blog , of course

April 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm
(6) Amulya Gurtu says:

This is not the first day of Chaitra month. It is 16th day of the chaitra month. I do not know why new year is celebrated on 16th day of the new year. Chaitra starts from next day of Holi.

April 19, 2013 at 11:30 am
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March 30, 2014 at 3:15 am
(8) sachin swami says:

may this gudi be the harbinger of joy and prosperity for you happy gudi padva

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