Festival Gudi Padwa is also known as Samvatasr Pavo. It is mainly celebrated in the state of Maharashtra. It is celebrated on the first day of Chaitra month of the Hindu Calendar.This year Gudi Padwa will be celebrated on 13 April. This festival is very important among people of Maharashtra and holds a lot of significance.
History, significance and everything you want to know is here.
Before anything, let’s know the meaning of the name of this festival. Name of this festival holds two words, Gudi and Padwa. ‘Gudi ‘means the flag or emblem of Lord Brahma and ‘Padwa’ means the first day of the phase of the moon.
Let’s understand its history.
You may have thought before that who has created this Universe and how it has been created so nicely, the beautiful flowers, trees, fruits, air, animals, birds, human beings, etc. We have read the history of the earth how old it is but on what date and day it has been created is something we are not sure but we all want to know about it. After all, we are an important living thing on earth and most importantly now we are ruling on earth over other living things. Today you will get to know that how the above written curious questions are associated with this festival. You will also know the answers to some of the questions.
According to Hindu mythology, it is said that Lord Brahma had created this Universe on the day of Gudi Padwa. You may wonder after knowing this if you didn’t know and you will realize how important and big festival this is. It is also believed that Lord Brahma had created months, weeks, and days on this day. It is believed that Lord Brahma has created this universe on this day. Therefore, Lord Brahma is worshiped at this festival.
Significance of Gudi Padwa.
On this day people start their day with a customary oil bath and then they wear new clothes, decorate their homes and then they cook dishes associated with this festival. Rangoli is made using flowers and Gudi is placed at the main entrance of home. Gudi is believed to be a symbol of victory and after placing Gudi at the main entrance, they have leaves of neem.
You may be curious to know what Gudi is? Gudi is made using bamboo and clothes.
People tie a piece of new cloth around a bamboo stick nearly 5 feet long. Neem leaves and garland made of sugar candy are placed on top of it. The bamboo stick is placed on a silver or bronze pot.
Have you ever thought of using neem leaves as an offering (prasad) in the worship of any Hindu festival? This is the festival. At this festival, people make prasad using neem, coconut pulp, jaggery, and tamarind.
This year due to the spread of coronavirus, maybe this festival will not be able to get that celebration the way people have been celebrating it for many decades but people will still celebrate it by following norms like social distancing.
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This festival has a unique significance and method of celebration over other festivals. It is mainly celebrated in Maharashtra but we can say that one day it will get its significance across India and all India will start celebrating it.