The New Year in the traditional Hindu calendars followed in North India – especially in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh is celebrated on Chaitra Shukala Pratipadha (March – April). In 2008, the Nav Samvat begins on April 7. In some regional calendars, the year begins on April 6.
This calculation of New Year is based on the Luni-Solar calendar. The calendar followed mainly in
The Amanta Lunar calendar starts with Chaitra month. Amanta is used fix all the major Hindu festivals in
It must be noted here that
Similarly, the official Government of India calendar has its New Year on March 21st or March 22nd (Saka Era). The first month in this calendar is also Chaitra.
Nav Samvat is not widely celebrated. But the day holds great significance as some of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar are calculated based on this calendar system.