India celebrates four New Years today

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Bihu, the harvest festival of Assam
New Delhi, Apr 14: India on Tuesday, Apr 14 celebrates four festivals today, Bihu, Naba Barsh, Puthandu Pirappu and Vishu, in different parts of the country.

The President Pratibha Patil has greeted the nation on the occasion. And she said, "These festivals celebrated in different parts of the country, denote the underlying unity of our rich and diverse culture and strengthen the pluralistic heritage of the nation. May the festivals bring peace, happiness and prosperity to all."

Bihu that is celebrated in Assam is the harvest festival and has an agricultural and seasonal background. Naba Barsh is the Bengali New Year and marks the first day of Baisakh- the first month of Bengali Calendar and Puthandu Pirappu marks the Tamil New Year's Day.  And Vishu is a harvest festival held in Kerala.

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