The mid-month of April comes with a handful of New Years in India, which shows the cultural diversity in the country. In 2018, these auspicious days fall on April 14-15, and people celebrate their New Years, which have different names, in beautiful ways.

Malayalis call it Vishu, for Bengalis it is Pohela Boishakh (Poila Boisakh), for Tamilians, it's Puthandu, for Punjabis it's Baisakhi or Vaisakhi, and for Assamese, it is Bohag bihu or Rongali Bihu.

The significance of all these occasions is basically similar as it celebrates the harvest festival.

These are the first days of their respective culture's calendar. The April month has the highest number of New Years in India, apart from Karnataka's Ugadi and Hindu New Year which were celebrated on March 18.

Now, let us tell you how, when and why Malayalis, Tamils, Punjabis, Bengalis and Assamese celebrate their New Year.

Vishu falls on April 14

Vishu is one of the main festivals in Kerela, and the Malayalis celebrate it like Diwali. Houses are decorated with lights and Malayalis rejoice it by bursting firecrackers. They follow a tradition of buying new clothes and giving money to your younger ones, which is known as Vishu Kaineettam. People greet each other by saying Vishu Ashamsakal, and also, some visit Sabarimala Ayyappan Temple or Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple to seek blessings on this auspicious day.

Puthandu falls on April 14

On Puthandu, Tamilians greet people by saying Puthandu Vazhthukal and big feast and decorations take place in all Tamil homes. The important tradition that they follow is known as Kanni, which is on the eve of this auspicious day, and it is arranging a tray with three fruits (mango, banana, and jackfruit), betel leaves and areca nut, gold/silver jewelry, coins/money, flowers and a mirror.

This is to be viewed upon waking in the morning.

Pohela Boishakh falls on April 15

Bengalis celebrate Pohela Boishakh with great joy in Kolkata. They greet people by saying Shubho Noboborsho. Their tradition is to touch elder's feet and wear new clothes. Also, this festival is considered an auspicious time for marriages and starting new businesses.

Bohag Bihu falls on April 15

For Assamese, Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu is the occasion where you can witness the popular Bihu dance and Bihugeets. This auspicious festival in Assam spans through a period of seven days, and thus, it will end on April 21. Their tradition is to wake up early and bathe with raw turmeric and urad dal paste. Wearing new clothes and seeking blessings from elders come next and then, a special breakfast, called Jalpan, is made which consists of sticky rice along with curd and jaggery.

Baisakhi falls on April 14

The Punjab community grandly celebrates the Sikh New Year. From decorating gurudwara with lights to enjoying delicious foods like Makke Di Roti and Sarson Ka Saag, Baisakhi is one of the major celebrations in Punjab. Sikhs and Hindus celebrate this day with great fervor and joy.