The Many Names and Traditions of the Hindu New Year

By Preveena Balakrishnan

April 2022 FEATURE
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The Sri Kunj Bihari Temple.
HINDUISM AS A religion is interwoven with the practice of Indian astrology and the use of the lunisolar calendar, for prayers, marriages and christenings to be determined on auspicious dates. And on every April 14, when the Sun enters the Zodiac sign Aries, Hindus around the world gather to usher in the new year,[1] though their traditions and even the names of the celebration greatly vary between the ethnic groups.Some Tamilians practise Kanni, or the viewing of auspicious or favourable...

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Preveena Balakrishnan

specialises in ethnoscapes and intangible cultural heritage valuations.