Today – April 14, 2011 – is Maha Vishuba Sankranti – New Year in Orissa

Today – April 14, 2011 – is Maha Vishuba Sankranti, also known as Mesha Sankranthi and Pana Sankranti, and is observed as the Oriya New Year. The day marks the beginning of the New Year in the traditional Solar Calendar in Orissa. The highlight of the day is the preparation of sweet drink called ‘Pana,’ which is made from fruits, milk, curd etc.
An interesting story of Maha Vishuba Sankranti is associated with Bhishma in the Mahabharata and you can read it here.