Gudhi padwa

Its a culture still lasting

  • The Gudi is observed at the entrance of Maharashtrian households. So what is it? A Gudi is a stick covered in a bright cloth adorned with brocade or zari that has been topped with sugar crystals, neem leaves, the twig of mango leaves and a garland of red flowers. This is covered by a silver or copper pot in an inverted position.
  • Gudi Padwa is the first day of Chaitra month that marks the beginning of the New Year according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar.
  • It has many names such as Samvatsar Padvo, Yugadi, Ugadi, Cheti Chand or and Navreh. It is also celebrated in the North East state of Manipur and is known as Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba. The people prepare a variety of cuisines on this day and later climb a nearby hillock in the evening.
  • India is a predominantly agrarian society where agriculture is the main occupation. Gudi Padwa is one of the most famous harvesting festivals of India that marks the end of one season and beginning of a new one.
  • On this day the position of the Sun is above the point of intersection of the equator, which according to the Hindu calendar marks the commencement of the Spring Season.
  • A number of stories are associated with the festival, prominent among them being the theory of creation and also the day when Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya after defeating King Ravana in Lanka.
  • The year begins on the first day of Chaitra of the Hindu calendar named as Shalivahan.
  • It is named so after King Shalivahan from Paithan in Maharashtra.
  • Great Warrior, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, was the person who started the Gudi Padwa celebrations after his victory. The tradition of raising the Gudi was initiated by Shivaji and from then on has been followed by every Marathi household to welcome the New Year.
  • The festivity is observed by people engaging in spring cleaning and wearing new clothes. Families are supposed to begin this day by eating bittersweet leaves of neem tree or a paste which is prepared with neem leaves, jaggery, and tamarind. The paste is believed to purify blood and strengthen the body’s immune system.
  • The traditional Maharashtrian food fare on this day consists of Shrikhand and Puri and Puran Poli. The Konkanis make Kanangachi Kheer which is a sweet dish made of sweet potato, coconut milk, jaggery, and rice.
  • Buying gold, a new vehicle or anything new is considered to bring prosperity if done on this day.

 

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