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Happy Gudi Padwa 2020: Everything you need to know, Significance, Interesting Facts, Rituals
Gudi Padwa is also the start of the spring season and considered as the harvest festival.
Gudi Padwa 2020: Everything you need to know, Significance, Interesting facts, rituals
NEW DELHI: Gudi Padwa is this year on Wednesday, 25th MarchGudi Padwa is the festival that is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month to mark the beginning of the Hindu new year. It is mainly celebrated in Maharashtra.
Rangoli, Puran Poli, flowers and new clothes, Maharashtra will celebrate Gudi Padwa on 25th March. Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of the New Year. Not only Maharashtra, other states in India like Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh also celebrate the day with much hoopla.
Predominantly celebrated in the state of Maharashtra, Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of the harvest season. The day is celebrated as New Year’s Day for the people of Maharashtra, as per the lunisolar Hindu calendar. The phrase “Gudi Padwa” is neologized from two words, Gudi indicating Brahma’s flag and Padwa, Padva or Paddava signifying the first day of the bright phase of the moon.
Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of the month of Chaitra as per the Hindu lunisolar calendar, which usually falls between March and April as per the Gregorian calendar. The festival will be celebrated on the 25th of March 2020.
Interesting Facts About Gudi Padwa
1. Rangoli is a significant aspect of Gudi Padwa and the streets are full of such Rangolis as people celebrate Gudi Padwa with much a lot of enthusiasm.
2. People of western Maharashtra dress in traditional attire and perform dances during the procession celebrating Gudi Padwa or the onset of the new year.
3. Women folks flood the streets dressed in vibrant and colourful attire to commemorate the region’s rich culture and history.
4. The festival also marks the victory of good over evil as Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after defeating Ravan.
Gudi Padwa is celebrated with preparation and sharing sweets such as shrikhand, Puri and Puran Poli. Konkanis prepare dishes such as Kanangachi kheer – an Indian sweet dessert made of sweet potato, coconut milk, rice and jaggery.
The Significance of Gudi Padwa
1. It’s believed that by hoisting the Gudi at home, can keep evil spirits away and bring luck and prosperity to your life.
2. Gudi Padwa signifies the victory of good over evil as it commemorates Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana.
3. The day is also the start of the spring season and considered as the harvest festival.
4. The festival is also known by different names in different other states such as Samvatsar Padvo, Ugadi, Yugadi, Cheti Chand or Navreh.
5. In the northeastern state of Manipur, it’s known as Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba.
6. Many consider this day as auspicious to buy gold or a new vehicle.
Rituals of Gudi Padwa
1. Colourful rangolis are drawn at the entrance of the house and the flag or Gudi is hoisted at the front of the house.
2. On the flag, yellow silk adornments along with flowers and mango tree leaves are decorated.
3. The day is marked with auspicious Swastika with turmeric and vermillion and candles are lit.
4. Serve water to the needy.
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