|Fast facts –||Gudi Padwa is one of the auspicious festivals in India and is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month.|
|Did you know –||Gudi Padwa is a major festival in the state of Maharashtra and is celebrated as New Year’s Day by Maharashtrians and Hindu Konkanis.|
|Must do –||Take part in the celebrations and enjoy to the fullest. Get a feel of local culture by watching traditional dance and music events.|
Gudi Padwa is one of the auspicious festivals in India. It is a major festival in the state of Maharashtra and is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month. The day is celebrated as New Year’s Day by Maharashtrians and Hindu Konkanis. Wide spread celebrations take place during Gudi Padwa.
Gudi Padwa falls on the first day of the Maratha calendar. The festival also has a social significance as it is held to mark the beginning of the spring season. The festival is normally held in the period between the end of March and the beginning of April. People consider it auspicious to start a new activity on this day.
Gudi Padwa is also known as Sanvsar Padvo by the people of the Konkan region. The festival is also celebrated as Ugadi on the same day by the people of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The Sindhi festival of Cheti Chand is also celebrated on the very day.
On the day of the Gudi Padwa festival, the courtyards in houses are swept clean and plastered with fresh cow dung. Women and children decorate the entrance of the houses with rangoli designs which signify the charm of the spring season. Everyone in the house dress themselves in new clothes and women adorn themselves with traditional jewelry. People prepare special meals like soonth panak and chana and eat them during meals. People of Maharashtra also make shrikhand and Poori to celebrate the day.
Usually, people begin the Gudi Padwa festival by eating the bittersweet leaves of the neem tree. At times, a paste of neem leaves is prepared along with ajwain, jaggery and tamarind. People eat this paste as it is believed to purify the blood and strengthen the immune system of the body.