Indian New Year is an auspicious time to make resolutions, renew our commitments to friendships, and rededicate ourselves to cultivating positive attitudes. It is a day bursting with fresh hope and possibilities, and we can celebrate its exuberant spirit by dressing in new clothes; sharing happiness and love with family, neighbors, and friends; enjoying and exchanging nature’s abundance through holiday foods; and expanding our knowledge by reading a book we have not read before.
A person's actions, words, and outlook on New Year's Day are believed to set the tone for the year ahead. It is a time to make a resolution to put forth the effort to overcome differences with others. On New Year’s Day we recognize that through our awareness of unity, each of us contributes to the peace of this world. One way we do this is by greeting one another with warmth and good wishes. We say to each other Nutan Varshabhinandan.
This means “Happy New Year” in Hindi. Nutan is “new,” varsh is “year,” and abhinandan means “ovation” or “homage.” So when we say Nutan Varshabhinandan! we pay homage to one another, and honor the New Year.