Gudi 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. The day is also celebrated as Ugadi, which is also known as Yugadi, is mainly a new year festival in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
The day is also considered auspicious for ‘vaastu puja’ and opening new businesses . In Maharashtra, several community processions are also taken out.
There are several stories also that are attached with this festival. On of them is “theory of creation”. It is also marked as the day when Lord Ram after defeating King Ravana in Lanka, returned to Ayodhya. As per belief, the long ‘Gudi’ symbolises victory and inspires people to prosper materially and spiritually.
One of the important food item on this festival is a paste of neem and jaggery. On this day, all houses are cleaned. People also make rangoli designs near their homes. They dress up in new clothes and enjoy family gatherings.
On this day, women prepare sweets like ‘Puran Poli’ and ‘Shrikhand’ as also ‘Aambe daal’ and ‘Sunth Paak’. The day is also believed to be auspicious for ‘vaastu puja’ and opening new business establishments. On this day, several processions are also taken out.
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PM Narendra Modi today wished people of Maharashtra on the Occasion of Gudi Padwa. “Wishing the people of Maharashtra on the special occasion of Gudi Padwa. May the coming year bring happiness, good health & prosperity”, he tweeted.
(With inputs from PTI)