Chaitra Sukhladi is one of the most important festivals of India and it is celebrated with significant joy and glory. It is believed that the festival is celebrated for the beginning of the new moon. Also known as Hindus new year, this day embarks the beginning of a new year for hindus. Not the 1st january but the rise of the first moon in Chaitra month is something that Hindus consider to be their new year. Ironically, where hindus consider Chaitra to be the first month, Bengalis have a completely different perspective about this Chaitra month. For them, it’s the last year of the month. This definitely proves the diversity in religions and beliefs all over the country India! In fact, Nepalis also celebrate Chaitra as the last month of the year which arrives somewhere in mid-march.
Chaitra Sukhladi date 2019: April 6
Chaitra Sukhladi date 2020: March 25
Chaitra Sukhladi date 2021: April 13
Chaitra Sukhladi in India – Date, History, Importance & Celebration
While Chaitra is the month in which the festival is celebrated, Sukladi is a way that helps to find a lunar month in the calendar. Sukladi actually helps to identify the bright half of the month which is after Amavasi every time. In fact, Sukladi is also celebrated in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra because it helps them follow their religious calendars. In North India as well, Sukladi has a significance of Vikram Samvat New year when the month is calculated so as to begin from Purnima and end with Purnima as well.
Also popularly known as Ugadi, the Hindu’s Lunar new year is celebrated with a lot of joy in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. The day is celebrated by drawing colorful patterns and designs on the floor called kolamulus or Rangolis. Mango leaves are also decorated on the doors of homes and called torana. Gifts are exchanged between people and some also consider it to be a great day for charity. Everybody takes a special bath and gets an oil treatment afterwards. A special dish called pachadi is not just prepared but exchanged between homes on this special festival. This is definitely the day of flavors where sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and spicy food comes together to experience the grand celebration.
This is the day when great charities are observed in the Hindu temples while it’s celebrated as a new year too. It is known differently all over India like Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, and Yugadi too.
Prayers, rituals, and respecting and cleaning one’s own body define this day for Hindus. Cleanliness is especially given special care and the homes are thoroughly cleaned on the festival. Floral designs on cow dung at the home entrance is a well known ritual too.
Food, decorations, rituals, and what not on this day! This day embarks a great importance for Hindus and defines the authenticity of Hindu religion. It is awaited the whole year and celebrated joyfully when it arrives.