Gudi Padwa Festival and its Interesting facts that you might have not known!
- Gudi Padwa is a traditional new year for Marathi Hindus, which is a spring-time festival. Usually celebrated in and around Maharashtra on the first day of the Chaitra month, generally falling in either March or April. The festival marks the beginning of the New year falling in the first month of the year in Hindu Calendar. This year GudiPadwa shall be celebrated on the 25th of March in India. Colorful floor decorations called rangoli, a special Gudhi flag made of topped with upturned silver or copper vessel garlanded with mango Neem leaves, and flowers, street processions, dancing, and festive foods mark the celebrations of the festival. So we bring you some more interesting things about the festival and its celebrations.
- Gudi Padwa marks the first day of the year according to the Hindu Calendar. It denotes the start of the New Year as per the lunisolar Hindu schedule and celebrated on the first day of Chaitra month. So, it basically is Hindu’s new year or the beginning of January.
- Gudi Padwa is known by and celebrated by various names across the country. It is a festival predominantly celebrated among the Maharashtrian folks or Marathis. But also has numerous names and significance across India such as amvatsarPadvo, Ugadi, Yugadi, Cheti Chand or and Navreh. Cheti Chand is seen as the emergence day of Lord Jhulelaal and celebrated as the new year by the Sindhi community in India. Lord Jhulelaal is worshipped and offered prayers on this day and celebrated by feasting on delicacies like Tehri (sweet rice) and Saai Bhaaji (Palak made in dal). In the Northeastern state of Manipur, it is known and celebrated as SajibuNongmaPanbaCheiraoba. The locals set up an assortment of cooking styles after which they climb an adjacent hillock at night.
- Gudi Padwa also marks the initiation of the Spring Season. The Hindu date-book (panchang) denotes the initiation of the Spring Season which is indicated by the situation of the Sun is at another crossing point of the equator.
- The day of Gudi Padwa is also considered an auspicious day to go shopping (and who wouldn’t like shopping, especially when an entire day is set out for it). People purchase gold, a new vehicle or anything new which is considered to promote good fortune if done on this day.
- It represents the transition between the two agricultural seasons followed in a particular region. The agrarian culture in prime and principal occupation marked by horticulture in India such festivals and celebrations are seen in high spirits. Among all the popular festivities of India that imprints end of one season and the start of another, GudiPadwa is a standout.
- Gudi Padwa is also celebrated as the annihilation of Ravana by Lord Rama. The day is commended as the annihilation of Ravana in the hands of Lord Rama and his possible upbeat come back to Ayodhya. It is also considered as a mythical day on which god Brahma created time and universe. In some rural parts of Maharashtra, communities come together as they carry the GudhiKavads to a shiva temple as the festival is also linked to Shiva’s dance.
- Gudi is a fascinating thing in itself. Gudi is basically a stick that is adorned in a brilliant fabric enhanced with brocade or zari with a finishing of sugar precious stones, neem leaves, a twig of mango leaves and a garland of red blooms. This Gudi is usually placed at the entrance of Maharashtrian households which is secured by a silver or copper pot in an upset position.
- Purification of body and soul is a way of the festivities. Individuals take part in spring cleaning and wearing new garments which are seen as merriment and joy of the festival. Families start the day eating leaves of Neem tree or glue set up with neem leaves, jaggery, and tamarind. The glue is known to purify the blood and strengthen the framework of the body’s resistance.
- The tradition was commenced by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The great Marathi Warrior, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was the first to begin the GudiPadwa festivities after his triumph. The custom of raising the Gudi was started by Shivaji which was later pursued by each Marathi family as a way of welcoming the New Year.
- Dishes and admission of nourishment. The customary Maharashtrian dishes on this comprised of Shrikhand and Puri and Puran Poli. Kanangachi Kheer made of sweet potato, coconut drain, jaggery, and rice is a sweet dish prepared by the Konkanis.