New Year’s Day

New Year’s celebrations are big in modern India. Many Western traditions of New Year’s Eve have been passed but also a bit of a local flavour.

Seasonal & Holiday


Although the traditional New Year’s celebrations on the Hindu Calendar are in the springtime, India also joins with much of the rest of the world to celebrate 1 January as New Year’s Day, in accordance with the Gregorian Calendar.

Many families exchange gifts and make prayers on New Year’s Day. Some stay up to hear the bells ring at midnight and to watch fireworks displays, declaring that the old year has died and the new year has come. This is also a time of remembering the past year and of making resolutions on what one hopes to accomplish in the year ahead.