How to Celebrate Gudi Padwa
Gudi Padwa is an Indian festival that is celebrated in the state of Maharashtra with great joy and pomp. Maharashtrian Hindus celebrate this festival on the first day of the Chaitya month and is known as the New Year for people in Mharashtra. Although there are several folk tales describing the origins of this festival, it is basically celebrated as a reverence to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Maratha leader. Some celebrate it as a harvest festival, while others believe that universe was created on this holy day. In this oneHOWTO article, we will tell you how to celebrate gudi padwa.
The house cleaning
People clean their houses thoroughly to welcome the New Year. They change their curtains and upholstery, decorate their houses, paint their rooms, install new flooring, and even renovate their house if needed. Gods are welcomed in the clean house, so that they bring wealth and prosperity with them as well.
Buying new things is one of the most important aspects of celebrating Gudi Padwa. People buy new silver and gold ornaments, new clothes, gold coins and other on this auspicious day. Some people also buy durable and expensive consumer products on this blessed day, like refrigerators, televisions, microwave ovens, new cars etc. Marked as an auspicious occasion, people wait for this day to buy a new house or properties as well. Markets remain full with people shopping during this festival season, and many stores and brands also come up with attractive offers during these times.
Main door decoration
The main door is believed to be the entrance through which Gods enter your house. Your guests also enter through your house’s main door, because of which due attention is given to the decoration of the main door. People massively decorate the main door of their house with garlands, flowers and other decorative items. Colorful rangolis are also drawn at the main door to welcome guests as well as the New Year.
People wake up early in the morning on this day, take a bath and dress up in traditional new clothes. All the family members come together to install a gudi in front of their house’s main door. To make the gudi, they take a long wooden stick, a traditional Indian pot known as ‘kalash’, and a nice new piece of cloth in red, pink or yellow color. These colors are considered to contain auspicious significance in Hindu religion. They place the cloth on the stick in such a way that it looks like a flag. Then they place the pot inverted on the flag. The gudi is offered haldi, kumkum, rice and flowers, and then it is installed on the main door of the house. Some people also draw a rangoli at the gudi’s foot. Gudi is believed to bring wealth, happiness, good health and prosperity in the house. Some Hindu families also visit famous temples to pay homage to Indian mythological Gods and Goddesses.
No Indian festival is complete without food. People make lots of dishes to celebrate gudi padwa, like puri, halwa, mithai, shrikhand etc. If they don’t have time to make them at home, they buy readymade sweets from the market. People invite relatives and friends to their house, and have a feast together. Each and every member of the family has to be present during the gudi padwa feast.
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