Gujarati New Year
English meaning of the festival
The New Year is also referred to as Bestu Varas.
How the date is decided annually
Gujarati New Year is celebrated a day after Deepavali/Diwali.
Significance of the festival to Hinduism
The Gujerati New Year day is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal. It signifies a new start to the year. People celebrate to attract newer opportunities and to seek growth in their lives.
How to observe/practice
Homes are decorated with lights and flowers. People also visit Temples to pray for a promising start to the year. This is also when businesspersons and traders close old account books and start new account books. This is called Chopda in Gujerati. The Chopda Pooja is performed in the presence of Goddess Luxmi. Delicious sweets and snacks are distributed among family and friends.