Indian Festivals — Gudi Padva

Gudi Padwa celebrates the beginning of the traditional Hindu year and the day of the festival is the first day of the Chaitra month of the Hindu calendar.

Historic Significance:

  1. Day when Brahma re-created the universe
  2. Day when Lord Ram returned back to Ayodhya after slaying Ravana

Seasonal Significance:

  1. This day marks the beginning of Vasant Rutu or the Spring season

Gudi Significance:

  1. Gudi is a new kalash made of silver, copper or bronze covered in auspicious red, yellow or saffron cloth and is hoisted upside down at the entrance of the house
  2. Gudi has sugar gaathi (crystals), neem leaves and garland of flowers
  3. Gudi is supposed to symbolize Brahmadhwaj — as Brahma re-created the universe
  4. The Gudi also symbolizes Lord Rama’s victory and happiness on his return to Ayodhya

5. Gudi is a sign of prosperity and good things to come

Celebration:

  1. Unlike all other festivals, where people eat sweets, Gudi Padva is associated with eating a mixture of neem and jaggery. The bitter-sweet flavour is resembles the journey of life — mixed with happiness and sorrows. It also supports immunity
  2. People celebrate by cleaning their houses (spring cleaning), drawing rangoli and wearing traditional clothes
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