Happy South and Southeast Asian New Year! | Significance & Community Events

Happy South and Southeast Asian New Year! The AAC would like to wish those that celebrate a happy and healthy New Year.

A Brief Overview
During this period, New Year celebrations are held in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, parts of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Maldives.
New Year is a time for family, paying tribute to ancestors, preparing traditional meals, wearing traditional clothing, attending festivals, and welcoming in new beginnings. Celebrations can last up to three to five days.

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‘New Year’ is called/pronounced
  • ‘Pi Mai’ in Laotian
  • ‘Songkran’ in Thai
  • ‘Thingyan’ in Burmese
  • ‘Chol Chman Thmey’ in Khmer
  • ‘Pohela Boishakh’ in Bengali
  • ‘Aluth Avurudda’ in Sinhala
  • ‘Puthandu’ is observed by people in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka
    • Other states in India: ’Vishu’ for people in Kerala, ’Bihu’ for people in Assam, ’Baishakhi’ in Punjab.
    • Notably, states like Manipur, Tripura, Odisha, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, also celebrate on this day!)
  • ‘Ugadi’ is observed by people in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka
  • ‘Gudi Padwa’ is observed by people in Maharashtra and Goa

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