The festival of Gudi Padwa is mainly celebrated in Maharashtra. The day is also celebrated as Yugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Both Ugadi and Gudi Padwa are celebrated on the same day. The festival is denoted as the New Year as per the Luni-Solar calendar, which counts the position of Moon and the Sun to divide years into months and days. In this calendar, the Solar calendar counts only the position of the sun to divide the year into months and days.
With this way, the Hindu New Year is celebrated twice in a year at different times and with different names. The Hindu calender, which is based on the Solar calendar, is known as Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, Bihu is Assam, Pana Sankranti in Orissa, Naba Barsha in West Bengal and Bihu in Assam.
Gudi Padwa is widely celebrated in Maharashtra with people dress in traditional costumes attend celebrations to mark the festival. The festival is also considered as a mean to celebrate a good harvest.
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This is also the time of the year when mangoes and fruits are harvested. One of the important food item that is eaten on the festival is a paste of neem and jaggery. People make the Gudi with wooden stick and put a silk shawl, silver kalash is then overturned and placed on it, and do the ‘puja’ with haldi, kumkum and flowers.
The people, on the occasion, make and eat saakar bhaat (sugar rice) on the auspicious day. This year the festival is being celebrated on March 29.