Kolkata, Mar 25 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday greeted to all on the occasion of Chaitra Sukladi, Gudi Padava, Ugadi and Cheti Chand. Talking to her tweeter handle, Ms Banerjee said, “Heartiest greetings to all on the occasion of Chaitra Sukladi, Gudi Padava, Ugadi and Cheti Chand. “India is a land of diversities with varied traditions and festivals. We must celebrate our diversity - that is the essence of being an Indian,” she added.
Chaitra Sukladi is the New Year in traditional Hindu calendar based on the beginning of the new moon. This New Year is observed on the first day of the waxing phase of the moon in the Chaitra month (March - April) in traditional calendar. Shukladi is one of the methods by which a lunar month is determined. Sukladi means starting from the bright half of the month or from the day after Amavasi (no moon). Shukladi method is followed in the calendars followed in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Gudi Padwa is an Indian festival that marks the beginning of the New Year and the harvest season for the people of Maharashtra.
This festival is celebrated on the first day of the month of Chaitra, according to the Hindu calendar, which usually falls during March-April according to the Gregorian calendar. This day is also symbolic of the season of Vasant or spring in India. Besides Maharashtra, it is also observed under different names in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu as well, however by a smaller community of people. Ugadi is the New Year's Day for the Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana. It is festively observed in these regions on the first day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Chaitra.(UNI)