Baisakhi Country wide Celebrations

Baisakhi Country wide CelebrationsBaisakhi day is observed as the Naba Barsha (New Year) in Bengal. On April 14, the people take a ritual bath in the River Ganga or any other river or a nearby tank and decorate their houses with rangoli at the entrance of their homes with a paste made of rice powder.

In Assam, this is the day for the Rongali Bihu, when young people dress up in their traditional finery and dance the whole night. Again being a harvest festival, this day farmers relax and enjoy before they take up the task of harvesting their crop.

In Himachal Pradesh, Baisakhi festival is celebrated twice a year in the honor of Goddess Jwalamukhi. The Himachalis worship the Goddess in the months of April-May and November.

In the South, Baisakhi is celebrated to mark the Tamil and Telugu New Year. People take out wooden chariots in a procession.

The temples in Kerala celebrate Pooram festivals in honor of Vishnu at this time. Among them, the Pooram observed in the Vaddakunathan Swamy (Shiva) temple of Trichur is famous.

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