Today, 23 March 2012 Navratri begins. Vasant Navratri (Chaitra Navratri) begins with Kalash Sthapana (Ghatasthapana) on Chaitra Pratipada (1st day of Chaitra month) and ends on Chaitra Navami (Rama Navami). In 2012, Vasant Navratri ends on April 1. These Navratri is also known as Sri Ram Navratri as Lord Sri Rama is also worshipped during these 9 days..
Chaitra Pratipada also marks the Hindu New Year. Ugadi is celebrated as Telugu & Kannada New Year, Gudi Padwa as Marathi New Year, Navreh as Kashmiri New Year & Nav Varsha as other North Indian Hindu New Year.
Chaite Dashain in Nepal is the similar festival of Chaitra Navratri. It is also observed for 9 days.