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The new year doesn't always start on Jan. 1

By: Josh Lew on Dec. 28, 2016, 12:07 p.m.
Rangoli design

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Gujarati New Year (October or November)

The different cultural and linguistic groups in India celebrate the new year at different times (in addition to celebrating on Dec. 31). Most new year holidays are in April, but in Gujarat in Western India, the new year begins right after the Hindu festival of Diwali.

Bestu Varas is celebrated in late October or early November. Fireworks ring in the new year in the early morning (at 4 a.m.). Locals decorate the front of their homes with flowers, leaves and mandalas, which are also known as rangoli (pictured).