It is an annual festival celebrated all over India
on 1of January with great social and religious fervour. It
marks the end of the old year and the beginning of the New
Year. Actually the celebrations start right from the eve
of the 24th December and continue upto 1st
January, the New Year Day. Primarily the urban upper and
middle class people celebrate New Year Day. They enjoy it
with gay abundance. Greetings and good wishes are
exchanged, sweets are distributed, and people welcome one
another by shaking hands and exchanging wishes of
happiness and prosperity in the New Year. Greeting cards
are sent to friends, relatives and well-wishers, who
happen to live at distant place.
The day starts with special service in the
churches, and then begins a round of never-ending
festivity, merry-making, dancing, singing, and feasting.
At mid-night when the new year is ushered in, with the
striking of 12 O’clock, people in large number come out in
the streets and market places and welcome the new year
with fun and frolic, dance and songs. Hotels and
restaurants organize various programs to welcome the New
Year and people crowd those place to entertain themselves
and their friends with this sumptuous feast.
It is also an occasion of thanksgiving and prayer
of God for the happy moments enjoyed in the previous year.
People pray for more happiness and prosperity in the New
Year and the years to come, and good wishes are either
given orally or sent by post to the friends, relations and
other for the New Year. Children are given gifts and
money. At some places fairs are held and special shops,
stalls etc. are set up for the occasion.