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President, Vice-President greet people on the eve of New Year of various communities and cultures
President and Vice President of India, Pranab Mukherjee and M. Hamid Ansari respectively, have greeted people in their messages on the eve of Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Cheti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba.

"These auspicious festivals mark the onset of spring and promise fresh beginnings of growth, prosperity and well-being. Let the spirit of joy and happiness signified by these festivals pervade the heart of every Indian. Let tolerance and mutual amity flourish amongst our people. May these festivals spread peace and friendship, inspiring our citizens to re-dedicate themselves to the service of motherland," stated President Mukherjee in his message.

Vice-President Ansari in a message said that these festivals mark the beginning of traditional New Year and reflect the composite culture and rich heritage of our country, and wished, "May these festivals bring peace, harmony, prosperity and happiness in our lives."

Sajibu Cheiraoba, as New Year festival, celebrated in the state of Manipur and is celebrated on the same day as in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra to usher in the Lunar New Year.

On this day, besides praying, people clean all things, including clothes, utensils, all household items, unused items around the house as well as buy new clothes to wear. Navreh is the lunar New Year, which is celebrated in Kashmir.

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