Gudi Padwa marks the Hindu New Year

Gudi Padwa is a festival of special significance in Hindu mythology. It’s celebrated as the first day of the Hindu year. On this significant day a ‘gudi’ (auspicious pole) is erected in front of the house.

The day is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor in almost all states of India, but more so in Maharashtra, as well as Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in south India, where it’s is called ‘Ugadi‘.

Like all religions, Hinduism also celebrates the first day to welcome and inaugurate the end of the old and the beginning of a New Year. The Hindu year begins on “Shuddha Pratipada” the first day of the month of Chaitra.

A brand new sacred cloth is tied on the gudhi, and a metal vessel is put on it, which is then hung with a garland. The significance of this ritual is unique, as it is a sign of celebration.

Padwa is simply another name for ‘pratipada’, the first day of the lunar month. The day is significant to all Hindus. With this day starts the new season – spring. On this day people offer rituals, prayers, prasad of neem leaves, gram pulse and jagerry (gud). The ritual is a ritual steadfastly followed by most Hindus on this day. It’s also considered auspicious for building or entering a new house, putting a child to school, or starting a business. People also buy new clothes on this day.

Celebrate this auspicious occasion by exchanging nice gifts to make it even more memorable!

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