Gudi Padwa 2019
The festival of Gudi Padwa is celebrated with great delight in the southern Indian states including Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Goa. In Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana ‘Ugadi‘ and Maharashtra, this festival is celebrated as ‘Gudi Padwa’. Chaitra Navratri starts on the same day.
Why and when will Gudi Padwa be celebrated?
Festival of Gudi Padwa will be celebrated on Saturday, 6th April 2019. It is believed that Brahma Ji had created the world on the day of Gudi Padwa. That is why this day is celebrated as New Year. Gudi Padwa is considered to be the beginning of Hindu New Year, this is the reason why all the Hindus celebrate it, the celebration of Hindu New Year varies in different parts of India.
The Hindu calendar also begins from Gudi Padwa. It is said that the great mathematician Bhaskaracharya was composed on the same day from sunrise to sunset, by compiling the calendar including the day, month and year.
In Gudi Padwa, Gudi means Vijay Pataka (Victory Flag), and Padwa means Partipada. On the day of Gudi Padwa, people clean up their houses and make Rangoli. People make Toran and decorate it at the door. The traditional Toran is a welcome sign for the New Year.
A Gudi is placed ahead of the house. Apart from this, people make Swastika on vessels, it is wrapped in a silk cloth and kept in the house, for better luck.
On the day of Gudi Padwa, all people wake up in the early morning and then decorate Gudi after bathing. Gudi Padwa is celebrated with great magnificence as well as in the city along with the village. On the day of Gudi Padwa, the house is cleaned with dung in the villages. Shrikhand, Puran Poli, Kheer etc. are made at home on the day of Gudi Padwa.
In the evening people also do a traditional dance called Lezim.