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Gudi Padwa 2016 : Marathi New Year 2016

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Gudi Padwa 2016 Date


April 2016


Gudi Padwa is the Marathi New Year

Gudi Padwa 2016 date is 08 April. Gudi Padwa is the Marathi New Year. In addition to Maharashtra, Gudi Padwa is also the New Year of Goa and parts of Karnataka.

You must be wondering why Gudi Padwa is exclusively the New Year for Maharashtra, Goa and parts of Karnataka. The reason lies in their calendar. Indeed all Indians use lunar calendar, but the fact is that lunar calendar also has sub categories. One lunar calendar begins from Purnima (Full Moon) and ends on Full Moon; and another one begins with Amavasya (New Moon) and ends on New Moon only.

The Calendar following Purnima to Purnima is known as Poornimant Calendar. On the other hand, calendar following Amavasya to Amavasya is known as Amavasyant Calendar. The Purnimant Calendar is used in almost all over India specially North India, whereas Amavasyant is exclusively used in Maharashtra and some regions around it. That is why Goa and some parts of Karnataka also uses Amavasyant calendar.

In 2016, the traditional Marathi Amavasyant Calendar is starting the Vijaya Nama Samvatsar. Also, it is the beginning of Shri Shalivahan Shak 1935. First month of Marathi calendar in 2016 is Chaitra. Festival of Gudi Padwa that is Marathi New Year is celebrated in the first day of Chaitra month.

The most important event of Gudi Padwa is flag hoisting in front of homes, which is known as Gudhi in Maharashtra. That is why Marathi New Year is named Gudhi Padwa.

Significance of Gudi Padwa 2016

While celebrating Gudi Padwa in 2016, its a good idea to know about its significance. Gudi Padwa commemorates many legendry events. One legend signifies the defeat of Shakas by Shaliavahan. Some people commemorate the victory of Chhatrapati Shivaji on this day.

Gudi - The Flag

Gudi (Flag) Hoisting is the most important event of Gudi Padwa. The Gudi (Flag) is hoisted on a Bamboo staff. The Gudi (Flag) is crafted out of Green and Yellow Silk cloth. On the top of the Bamboo pole, a bright goblet decorated with flowers is hanged. The Gudhi is decorated with Neem leaves, Mango leaves, red flowers and sweets (Gaohi). A beautiful Rangoli is drawn around the Gudi in front of house.

Gudi Padwa Prasadam

Prasad is the most important thing that follows almost all Hindu festivals. Hence, Gudi Padwa also has this ritual. On the day of Gudi Padwa, offerings (Prasadam) are made of Neem leaves, Neem flowers and jaggery. These offerings are distributed among all the people. Further, at times, offerings are also consisted of soaked dal, cumin seeds, honey and asafetida. As the offering is consisted of bitter, sweet as well as spicy flavor signifies the meaning of life. Hence, life is the blend of joys, sorrows and adventure.

Glory of Gudi Padwa

Gudi Padwa is considered as the most auspicious day of the entire Marathi year. In Maharashtra, people try to begin all their important tasks, ventures and investments from this day only. Also, this day heralds the arrival of the King of Seasons, spring.

On the other hand, farmers plough their fields on this day, as they believe it will bring a good harvest in future.

Overall, Gudi Padwa is all about joy and fun. Such a colorful festival it is, it fills the hearts of people with joy and love. Strengthening the bond of relationships, Gudi Padwa is all about accelerating the delights of life.

Gudi Padwa - More On Celebration

Villagers clean their houses and plaster the courtyards with cow dung on the day of Gudi Padwa. In cities, people do normal cleaning of houses. Women and children decorate the entire area with beautiful colorful Rangolis especially at doorsteps. Everyone wears new clothes as it is a time of gathering.

Gudi Padwa is a traditional way of partying. The celebration begins after eating the bitter sweet leaves of Neem. Apart from the above mentioned Prasadam, people also make various types of delicious dishes. Some of them are Poori or Pooran Poli with Shrikhand. Konkani people prepare Kanangachi Kheer (porridge). Various types of porridges (Kheer) are prepared using sweet potato, coconut milk, jaggery and rice flour, to name a few.

Religious Views - Gudi Padwa

According to Brahma Purana, it is believed that Lord Brahma created the entire Universe on this day after deluge. The time also started ticking from this day only.

Undoubtedly, Gudi Padwa is an awesome festival. One should never miss the chance of becoming a part of it. With this brief article on Gudi Padwa 2016, we hope you will make the best out of this festival. Happy Gudi Padwa 2016!

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