CELEBRATE GUDI PADWA

Gudi padwa is celebrated as the Marathi New Year. It falls on the 1st day of the Chaitra month in the lunar calendar.

Due to their ancient nature, Indian festivals have a very interesting history with them. There are varied versions that explain the Marathi New Year that is known as Ugadi across the Vindhyas. Two other major states, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka too celebrate their new year on this day.

Gudi Padwa is celebrated to mark the victory of Shivaji Maharaj. He is considered a deity by the Marathi community. Stories are there that India primarily being an agrarian society. Therefore the Festival is associated with sowing and harvesting of crops. According to the Brahma Purana, on the day of Gudi Padwa, Brahma created the world after the flood and time began to mark from this day onwards.

On the day of Gudi Padwa, a gudhi is found sticking out of a window or displayed in traditional Maharashtrian households. The Gudhi is placed on the right side of the main entrance of the house. The right side symbolizes active state of the soul Bright green or yellow cloth decorated with brocade (zari) is tied to the tip of a long bamboo over which sugar crystals, a twig of mango leaves, neem leaves and a garland of red flowers is tied. A silver or copper pot is placed in the inverted position over it. It is hoisted outside the house, in a window, terrace or a high place so that everybody can see it.

With Gudi Padwa, one can find ripe mangoes. The people sweep their homes well. Families begin the festivities by eating bittersweet leaves of the neem tree. Families also make shrikhand, puran poli and sannas to celebrate the day. People of all ages enjoy this festivity with glee.