Some Famous Festivals and Events in April 2020

India is a land of festivals and several events are celebrated almost every month with full enthusiasm. Let us have a look at some famous festivals that fall in the month of April …

 

Tamil New Year
Tamil Puthandu

1.Tamil Puthandu – Tamil New Year
Date: 14th Apr, 2020 (Every Year)

Tamil New Year is an auspicious day for all Tamilians
1. According to the Tamil calendar, 2020 Tamil New Year or Puthandu is on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

2. Tamilians welcome the New Year by washing the house the night before, believing that for a new beginning, the old negativity must be thrown out first. 3.The festival morning begins with a ritual called ‘Kanni’ or. ‘auspicious sight’. The Pooja Room is decorated with a huge mirror and before it is placed trays laden with fruits, flowers, jewellery, currency notes and coins.

3. Tamilians use rice powder to make beautiful patterns in the courtyard or before their house’s main entrance, called Kolam in Tamil Nadu.

4. Vegetarian food is cooked on this day, and people either pray at home or visit temples to offer worship.

Messages

May you and all of your family members be blessed with good health and good fortune this Puthandu.
Happy Tamil New Year!
இந்த இனிய புத்தாண்டில் உங்கள் குடும்பமும், நீங்களும் எல்லா வளமும் நலமும் பெற வேண்டும்,
இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

Tamil New Year Greetings to all
அனைவருக்கும் தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துகள்

Let this Puthandu be the start of you new, better life.
Have a happy and blessed Tamil New year!
இந்த இனிய புத்தாண்டு உங்களுக்கு ஒரு இனிய சிறந்த துவக்கமாக இருக்கட்டும்,
ஆசிர்வதிக்கபட்ட இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

Celebrate life…
Celebrate new beginning…
Happy Tamil New year to you!
வாழ்கையை கொண்டாடுங்கள்…
புதிய துவக்கத்தை கொண்டாடுங்கள்…
உங்களுக்கு என்னுடைய இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்


Naba Barsha in Bengal
Naba Barsha

2.Naba Barsha
Date: 14th Apr, 2020

Naba Barsha is the celebration of Bengali New Year !!

1. Naba Barsha in Bengal marks the first day of Baisakh – the first month of Bengali Calendar.

2. The festival usually falls on the 13th or 14th day of April according to English Calendar Year.

3. Subho Nababarsha also called Pahela Baishakh. So the meaning of Pahela is First and Baishakh is a Bengali calendar first month.

4. To welcome the New Year, people clean and decorate their houses. A very important tradition of Naba Varsha is the making of elaborate rangolis or alpanas in front of the house by womenfolk. Rangolis are prepared with flour and its center is adorned with earthenware pot decorated with auspicious swastika. This pot is filled with holy water and mango leaves to symbolize a prosperous year for the family.

5. Early in the morning of Naba Barsha, Bengalis take out processions known as Prabhat Pheries. To participate in Prabhat Pheris ladies clad themselves in traditional Bengali sari (white sari with red border) and flowers in hair while men wear dhoti kurta.

6. On Naba Barsha, people of West Bengal worship Goddess Lakshmi – Goddess of Wealth, for prosperity and well being. Many devotees also take a dip in a nearby river to mark the occasion.

7. For Bengalis, Naba Barsha is the beginning of all business activities.

8. Businessmen and traders purchase new accounting books and start new account known as Haalkhata. People also worship Lord Ganesha by chanting mantras.

Messages
Bochor seser jhora pata bollo ure ese,
Ekti bachor periye gelo haoar sathe vese.
Natun bachor asche take jotno kore rekho
Swapno gulo sotti kore vison valo theko.

Notun Surjo, Notun Pran, Notun Sur, Notun Gan,
Notun alloy katuk adhar, par hoye jao okul pathar,
Katuk Bishad Asuk Horso,
Suvo hok NOBO BORSHO

Purono joto Hotasha, Dukkho, Obosad,
Notun bochor seguloke koruk dhulissat,
Sukh,Anonde muche jak sokol jatona,
New Year a sobar jonne suvo kamona.
Subho Poila Boisakh

Iccha gulo ure beraak pakhna duti mele,
Dinguli tor jakna kete emni hese khele,
Apurno na thake jano tor kono sokh
Ai kamonar sathe janai
Subho Poila Boisakh

Dinguli jamoni hok thik-E Jai Kete,
Tobu bolo ki luv Purono smriti ghete,
A bochore purno houk tomar sokol asha,
Nobo borshe etai amar porom prottasa.


Vishu festival
Vishu

3. Vishu
Date: 14th Apr, 2020

1. Vishu takes place on the first day of the Malayalam month .This is an important festival celebrated with much fanfare and energy in all parts of Kerala. It is considered a festival of light and fireworks.

2. Vishu is Second only to Onam in popularity in Kerala.

3.The main feature of this festival is Sadya, a feast made by the women of the house. Many other dishes are made on this day using mangoes, jackfruits and pumpkins. It is a New Year celebration, and visiting of shrines during the occasion is considered to have special importance.

4. For Vishu, a display is created called the Vishukanni, which consists of flowers, vegetables, fruits, traditional lamp, metal mirrors, coins, rice, holy text and other items placed inside a metal vessel called uruli. A lighted bell metal lamp called nilavilakku is also placed alongside. The Vishukanni is placed in homes and temples in front of idols of Hindu deities, usually of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna.

5. On the day of Vishu, the mother or the eldest member of the family wakes up early to light the lamp after a ritual bath. She then wakes up each family member at a time, covers their eyes with her hands and guides them to see the Vishukanni for Lord Krishna’s blessings.

6. The belief is that the first sight – as a reflection through the metal mirror – will bring prosperity and good luck in the coming year.

7. Members of the family give small tokens of cash or gifts to ensure that it brings forth affluence for the children of the house – popularly this tradition has been termed as Vishu Kaineetam.

8. You can find dance, music and other cultural performances in many major destinations of Kerala. Religious and traditional dance forms are performed during this festival in many religious sites.

Messages

Let this Vishu usher in a Good and Sweet Year,
both materially and spiritually.
Have a happy Vishu.
Celebrate it to the fullest.

Get together on this auspicious day
Lord and his blessings coming your way
Have a Happy Vishu, with loved ones near
May you be successful all through the year

A great beginning, an auspicious day
May this Vishu bring happiness your way.
Have a great Vishu.

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