Gudi Padwa - Maharashtrain's New Year Day

Gudi Padwa is an auspicious New year day falls on 4th April this year as per the prescribed Hindu Calendar.

Gudi Padwa is a festival observed in Maharashtra in April as New Year Day.

It is celebrated on the first day of the "Chaitra" month . This year Gudi Padwa the auspicious day falls on 4th April as per the prescribed Hindu Calendar.

Maharashtrians celebrate this festival Gudi Padwa to get rid of evils and earn happiness, prosperity and good luck in their family throughout the year.

How the Gudi is made: A bright color in red or yellow piece of cloth or a sari is taken. In a small metal pot some rice grains, neem leaves, flowers, etc. are placed in it and it is covered with that cloth. Proper Puja is offered to this Gudi and then it is tied or hanged on the top of a long or short stick. This is called as Gudi and it is placed either in the entrance of their home or out through the windows. Padwa in Sanskrit means " Crops".

Gudi ready to install at home

People visit temples and pray to God for their prosperity. The special food items prepared on Gudi Padwa Day includes Shrikand ( a sweet and sour milk and curd mixed product like icecream) and Puri.

Most of the people buy some ornaments on this auspicious day. Some people plan to buy a house and make token payments. Some move out to their new home, if already ready on this auspicious occasion.

The house is cleaned and decorated nicely. Nice colorful hangings made of Orange flowers, which is known as Thorans are hanged in the entrance of the house. Rangoli is also made in the entrance of the house and in the puja room. Among other colors, Turmeric Powder for yellow and color and KumKum for red color are used in the Rangoli. Women in the families and friends get together and greet with Haldi and Kumkum. They wear colorfull saris /dresses on that day and look bright and cheerful.

This Haldi-Kumkum event is organized by women not only at their homes, they celebrate this in the offices, and also the daily passengers of women exchange Haldi-Kumkum and sweets in the local trains they commute daily. This is done at their convenience either in the morning or in the evening on their way back home.

With best wishes for a Happy Gudi Padwa to all the Maharashtians.
Greetings for Gudi Padwa


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