Maharashtra’s Gudi Padwa Marks Beginning Of Spring.
Being a multicultural country, India has various ways of celebrating the arrival of various seasons across all the states. The culture of every state differs and so do its customs. Spring is welcomed in many states of the country, and Maharashtra adds its own essence to the celebration by celebrating Gudi Padwa.
Here’s what you need to know about Gudi Padwa:
1. Gudi Padwa marks the arrival of Spring of ‘Vasant’, and is also celebrated in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka but with different names – Ugadi or Yugadi. This festival is also celebrated by the Sindhi community who call it ‘Cheti Chand’.
2. It marks the Hindu New year, where the entire day is considered auspicious to begin new projects or make important resolutions.
3. The ‘Gudi’, which means ‘doll’ is created by Maharashtrians, with six ingredients that symbolize new beginnings. The copper urn (Kalash) denotes success, bitter Neem leaves for good health, sugar for sweetness, a saree for lasting prosperity, stick for skillfulness, Turmeric and Vermillion (Haldi Kumkum)for good luck. This ‘Gudi’ is then hung outside every Maharashtrian house.
4. According to Hindu calendar, this day marks the beginning of spring unlike the popular belief that the season begins on Holi.
5. An array of culinary preparations are relished on this day like Puran Poli (boiled gram and jiggery mixed and filled into a paratha), Shrikhand and Kheer.
6. It is believed that on this day, Lord Brahma recreated the universe after the flood that destroyed the world. It is also believed that on this day, Lord Rama defeated King Vali and emerged victorious, and therefore, the festival holds a special importance for people.
7. An offering of Neem leaves and jaggery is made to the God and then distributed among family members. The mixture is said to improve immunity and purify the blood.
8. People get into their traditional attires – men in their dhoti and kurta and a turban called ‘pheta’, and women in nine yard ‘nav vaari’ sarees. The trend of women wearing the ‘pheta’ has also emerged which is catching popularity everywhere.