Context: The President of India in his message on the eve of Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Cheti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba extended his greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens.
About the festivals:
- These festivals of the spring season, represent multiple hues of our rich cultural heritage of our country and strengthen the bonds of amity and fraternity amongst our fellow citizens.
- Yugadi (also known as Samvatsaradi or ugadi)
- Gudi Padwa
- Cheti Chand
- Sajibu Nongma Panba (also called Meetei Cheiraoba or Sajibu Cheiraoba)
- It is the New Year's Day for the people of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states in India. It is observed in these regions on the first day of month of Chaitra (the first month of lunar calendar).
- Maharashtrians celebrate the New Year’s Day as Gudi Padwa.
- Sindhis celebrate the same day as Cheti Chand.
- Manipuris also celebrate the same day as Sajibu Nongma Panba.
- Navreh is the Kashmiri New Year celebrated in the Hindu month of Chaitra.
Traditionally, these festivals mark the onset of New Year and the warmer months and they reflect values of prosperity and well being.
Advisory from the President: The people must fight the COVID-19 virus with full determination, maintain social distancing and all other precautions while celebrating the festivals.