PHOTO MOMENT: Saal Mubarak (Happy New Year!!)

PHOTO MOMENT: Saal Mubarak (Happy New Year!!)

Vijay Shah

Straight after Diwali in some parts of the Hindu world it is the beginning of the New Year at least in Gujarat and among some Mauritians. For those using the Vikram Samvat calendar, the New Year began in April this year (The current year is 2070 VS). Some ethnic groups in India, such as the Bengalis and Tamils have use of their own regional calendars.

Regardless of what calendar you prefer to use (and many Hindus also make use of the European Gregorian calendar in secular life), the New Year is a time of new beginnings and ventures, with an abundance of cheer and joy.

The Hindu new year is celebrated differently in different parts of the world. In northern India, people wear flowers to celebrate the New Year, commonly in pink, red, purple, or white hues. Hindus in central India display orange flags, flying…

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