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We celebrate at very turn of nature. We love our Gudi Padwa festivals. Shrikhand, Puran puri, Kheer and Sanna  fill our mouth with water. Marathis will celebrate, Gudi Padwa  or new year is celebrated in the month of  April. Gudi Padwa is the first day of Chaitra month, that marks the beginning of the New Year according to lunar solar Hindu calendar. In Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Gudhi Padwa is celebrated as Ugadi/Yugai, while in Tamil Nadu it is celebrated as Puthandu. Moreover, in Assam it is celebrated as Bihu, and Baisakhi in Punjab. A gudi is supposed to be put at a visible spot in the front of the house to ward off evil. Needless to say houses have to be clean and the front yard should have a rangoli design made lovingly by the lady of the house.


A Gudi is supposed to be put on a raised place or a long bamboo as a symbol of victory of  Lord Ram,  at the right side of the entrance. Bright green or yellow cloth adorned with brocade (zari) is tied to the tip of a long bamboo over which gaathi (sugar crystals) leaves and a twig of mango leaves and a garland of red flowers is tied. A silver or copper pot is placed in the inverted position over it. Altogether, it is called as Gudi. It is hoisted outside the house, in a window, terrace or a high place so that everybody can see it. Gudi is believed to invite prosperity and good luck upon the family.


It was also the time when Brahma created the universe. Gudi  also symbolizes the Brahmadhvaj. It is said that it was the same time as the deluge and time began again  from this day forth. Traditionally, families are supposed to begin the festivities by eating the bitter sweet leaves of the neem tree. A paste of neem leaves is prepared and mixed with dhane (coriander seeds), gul/gur (known as jaggery in English), and tamarind. Cheti chand  is  also celebrated by the Sindhis. In reverence to their isht devta , Jhule lal, the patron saint of the Sindhis. It is celebrated in India and in some parts of Pakistan. It also symbolizes the victory of King Shalivahana over the Sakas and was welcomed by his people when he returned to Paithan. On this day women wear beautiful Paithani Sarees and dance to drum beats.



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