Gudi Padwa 2017 | 5 Interesting Facts You Need To Know…

Gudi Padwa is right around the corner and we can already see a glimpse of festivity in the market, shopping malls and also on various online shopping portals as people gear up to buy gold, new clothes, furniture, gadgets, utensils or any other household things. But do you know why we celebrate this festival, its significance and why it holds so much importance amongst Hindus? Here are some quick facts about Gudi Padwa that you probably did not know:

  • It is the first day of the Hindu calendar month Chaitra and is celebrated as New Year’s Day by Maharashtrians.
  • According to the Hindu calendar, the sun is vertically above the point of intersection between the equator and the meridians on this day. Thus, it heralds the commencement of spring or Vasant Ritu.
  • It is one of the most famous harvesting festivals of India that marks end of one season and beginning of a new one. The rabi crop is harvested and it is time for mangoes to flood the market.
  • The festival was started by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Maharashtra’s legendary warrior, to celebrate his victories.
  • In Maharashtrian homes, a gudi is placed prominently outside a window/door. The Gudi is made with a bamboo stick, neem and mango leaves, a red garland, with an inverted copper or silver pot for a face and adorned with green or red brocade.

This festival is not just limited to Maharashtrians, as it is celebrated as Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Yugadi in Karnataka. In Assam it is known as Bihu while in West Bengal it is called as Nobo-Borsho. Undoubtedly, Gudi Padwa is celebrated with a lot of joy and pompousness throughout Maharashtra. With this quick fact on Gudi Padwa 2017, we hope you will make the best out of this festival. Happy Gudi Padwa 2017!