In Punjab, where the Vikrami era is followed, the year begins with Chet
(March-April). On the first of this month the arrival of the new year
is celebrated by the performance of a ritual of taking the new corn, known
as Ann Nawan Karna. Sheaf's of new Corn are roasted and then the parched
grain is eaten. Everyone must have a bath on the new year day, and put
on new clothes. Delicacies like kheer and halwa are prepared and eaten.