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Ugadi, padwa and varsha pirappu

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by sureshmiyer, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. sureshmiyer

    sureshmiyer Silver IL'ite

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    I never consider Hinduism as a religion, but as a way of life. Isn’t it interesting that different communities in Hindu religion have different dates for New Year in a calendar year


    Today, i.e. on April 4, 2011, New Year is celebrated as Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Gudi Padva in Maharashtra, Cheti Chand for Sindhis. I also heard from my close friend that it is celebrated as Cheirouba in Manipur.


    On April 15, 2011, New Year is celebrated as Vishu in Kerala, Poila Baisakh in Bengal, Bihu in Assam
    Gujaratis will celebrate their New Year on 27 October, 2011.


    The Tamilians celebrate it as Varsha Pirappu on April 14, 2011.
    Strangely, the Government of Tamil Nadu does not think so and celebrates New Year as Pongal on January 15.


    The Government of India follows a calendar based on the Saka New Year wherein the New Year falls on March 22, 2011.


    While we celebrate any of these days feasting on delicacies and wearing traditional dresses, do any of us care to tell our children about the significance of such days.


    I am certainly not aware of it. Perhaps, many of us are not aware.
    To avoid the confusion, I will stick to January 1 as the New Year J
     
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  2. Sriniketan

    Sriniketan IL Hall of Fame

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    Suresh...you said it right...we need to let the present generation know its significance..let us know first :hide:

    Nice to see that you had listed quite some of the New Years in different parts of India.
    Let us celebrate Jan.1 as a New Year following the footsteps of these words..."yaadhum oore yaavarum kelir.." but forget not our New Year too..

    sriniketan
     
  3. umaakumar

    umaakumar Gold IL'ite

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    Dear Suresh,

    You are right, we never tell our children why this is celebrated. You can see that most of these festivals have lost the religious and traditional part and all that remains is the feast. With the BPO and Call centre culture even that one day leave for celebration has gone. Very Sad.

    Regards,
    Uma
     
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    iyerviji IL Hall of Fame

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    Suresh you are right. We should tell ouchidlren. Rightly said.
     
  5. sureshmiyer

    sureshmiyer Silver IL'ite

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    thanks for your comments

    cheers
    suresh

     
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    thanks for your comments

    festivals have become a fad and a part of commercial enterprise

    cheers
    suresh

     
  7. sureshmiyer

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    hi Sri, thanks

    for your comments

    cheers
    suresh

     

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