In India we celebrate festivals almost throughout the year, especially the festivals that are celebrated for the beginning of the New Year. One such prominent and important festival is Gudi Padwa, that is celebrated in Maharashtra and Konkan region to mark the start of Hindu New Year according to the Hindu Calendar. It is celebrated on the first day of Chaitra month.
In Hindu culture, most festivals are celebrated according to the seasons, or positions of heavenly bodies, and have a scientific reason. In the same way there is a scientific reason behind Gudi Padwa.
Gudi Padwa 2021 is being celebrated on April 13th, Tuesday.
Scientific Reason Behind Gudi Padwa:
- Gudi Padwa is celebrated to welcome spring season
- Rabi crops are reaped at this time (crops sown in winter and harvested in spring-like wheat, barley, mustard etc.)
- Gudi Padwa signifies the belief that drives away evil, invites prosperity and bring good luck to the house.
In which state is Gudi Padwa Festival Celebrated?
Primarily, Gudi Padwa is celebrated in the states of Maharashtra, Goa and Konkan areas. On this day people clean their houses and draw beautiful rangoli patterns and designs to decorate the doorsteps with flowers and colors. Everyone wears new clothes and women make delicacies like Shrikhand, Pooran Poli etc,.
In other states where Gudi Padwa is known by other names, like Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh. People in Andhra Pradesh prepare a sweet, sour and tangy Gudi Padwa special drink called Pacchadi which clears the body from diseases and increases immunity. It is made from Gud or jaggery, neem flowers and tamarind.
Gudi is made using cloth, neem leaves, bamboo sticks and jaggery. People conduct pooja in their houses and also visit temples. They make prasad at home and serve to God.
Other names of Gudi Padwa in Different Indian States
The festival of Gudi Padwa is celebrated in other states of India too, but have other names for it, like:
- Ugadi – Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh
- Gudi Padwa – Maharashtra, Goa, Konkan Area
- Gangour – Jaipur, Rajasthan
- Chithrai or Putuhandu – Tamil Nadu
- Chaitra Navratri – Central and Northern India
- Baisakhi – Punjab
- Navreh – Kashmir
- Bihu – Assam
- Vishu – Kerala
- Naba Barsha – West Bengal
Alpha InfoLab team wishes everyone “A Very Happy Gudi Padwa”.
However, Gudi Padwa will be different this year as well with everyone celebrating it by staying indoors with their families. Wear masks, carry sanitizer or wash hands whenever water is available and maintain social distancing when outside.
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