Gujarati New Year 2019: Significance and history
Gujarati New Year 2019: During the five day Diwali festival celebrations, Gujarati New Year falls on October 28, coinciding with Govardhan Puja.Updated: Oct 28, 2019, 18:26 IST
During the five day Diwali festival celebrations, Gujarati New Year falls on October 28, coinciding with Govardhan Puja. Gujarati New Year is celebrated a day after Badi Diwali. Going by the Hindu calendar, it falls on Shukla Paksha Pratipada. Gujarati New Year is also called Bestu Varas.
As such, there is no specific time when people pray and perform rituals on Gujarati New Year, since the whole day is considered lucky. What people could do, however, is follow the timings of Govardhan Puja, since those timings are considered auspicious. According to the Hindu calendar, it is the Gujarati Vikram Samvat 2076 which has begun.
Starting of Pratipada Tithi: 9:08 AM on October 28, 2019
Ending of Pratipada Tithi: 6:13 AM on October 29
Significance and importance of Gujarati New Year
Gujarati New Year is an extremely important day for the Gujarati community. It is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and fervor. This is also that time of the year when businessmen and traders close old account books and start new account books. This is called Chopda in Gujarati culture. Chopda Puja is also performed, which is the worshipping of Chopda. This ritual is practiced in the presence of Goddess Lakshmi. It is believed that this helps in making the new year more profitable.