Ashadhi Bij

Ashadhi Bij is the Hindu New Year celebrated to the second day of Shukla paksha of Ashada month of Hind Calender. The celebrations are only confined to the Kutch region of Gujarat. The other parts of the state observe the Hindu New Year on Kartik Shukla Paksha 1. It is often confused with the Ashadhi Ekadashi Festival, which is celebrated in the state of Maharashtra with a large procession from Allandi to Guru Poornima at Pandharpur.
The festival celebrates the commencement of rains in the Kutch Region. During this occasion, people examine the moisture content in the atmosphere to predict which crop would be well suited for the coming monsoon.

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