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Although India's national calendar is the official almanac for the Hindus, popular regional variants prevail. As a result, we have a host of new year festivities that are unique to the particular regions on this vast country. Characteristic of the Indian cultural mélange, Hindus in various states of India celebrate the new year in their own ways. And not all of these fall on the same day!

In mid-April, Hindus celebrate Baisakhi in Punjab, Poila Baishakh in Bengal, Bohag Bihu in Assam, Vishu in Kerala and Puthandu Vazthukal in Tamil Nadu to welcome the new year. These regional celebrations fall between April 14 and 15 this year.

Learn about these various regional celebrations, and don't forget to wish your friends and family a happy new year, once again!

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