Chaitra Shukla Pratipada, also known as Chaitra Shukladi, is the first day during the waxing phase of moon in the Chaitra Month. Chaitra Shukla Pratipada 2012 date is March 23. The day is observed as Hindu New Year in
North India. The day is also observed as Gudhi Padwa in Maharashtra and Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The Sindhi Community observes Cheti Chand on the day, which is the Sindhi New Year.
Chaitra Shukla Pratipada marks the beginning of the Vikram Samvat Year. Nav Varsh Samvat 2069 will begin on March 23.