Gudi Padwa /गुढी पाडवा-2013
When: April 11, 2013(4/11/2013) on the Gregorian calendar.
Where: Maharashtra, India
Gudi Padwa/गुढी पाडवा is the Marathi (natives of Maharashtra) version of the New Year, the same celebration known as Ugadi in other parts of India like Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. On this day, the Hindu god Brahma is believed to have started creation after the deluge (“Gudi Padva” in Sanskrit”), which coincides with the beginning of spring season in this part of India.
Padwa also refers to the first day of the first month “Chaitra” in the Hindu lunar calendar, thus, the first day of the New Year.
For Hindus residing in Bali, Indonesia, Gudi Padwa is celebrated as Nyepi. Unlike the riotous and colorful celebration of the Marathi, the Balinese welcome their New Year with silence.
About the Event:
Gudi Padwa 2013 is considered the most auspicious day in the Maharashtratradition. On 2013, the Marathi New Year falls on
April 11. Families get ready for the big celebration by cleaning their houses, sweeping their courtyards, and plastering the courtyards with fresh cow dung (cattle is considered holy in Hinduism). This activity is not that much different from ‘spring cleaning’ that people in the Northern Hemisphere do on the first sign of green on the ground.
The Marathi equivalent, however, is more joyous, festive and colorful. Women and children weave multicolor and intricate ‘rangol’i designs (welcoming areas for Hindu deities) on the doorsteps to signify the colorful burst of spring. As with all other Indians celebrating New Year, the Marathi wear new clothes on this special occasion, cook sumptuous dishes, and get together for revelry and reunion.
Newly-married daughters are welcomed back to the family with their husbands for special meals and gift-offerings. Children are dressed in colorful costumes and also given presents.
Households also prepare a bamboo staff called ‘gudhi’ with new cloth and garland vessel tied to the end and set it up in front of their house to signify achievement, more likely the Marathi’s way to beckon good luck for the year to come. A ‘prasad’- a dish made of tender neem leaves, tamarind, jiggery, gram pulse and Ajwain – is then prepared and shared with the family before other meals are taken to remind them that life is a combination of happiness and sadness, anger and bitterness, and surprises. On the nutritional side, Prasad strengthens the immune system so families start the year healthy.
Traveling to Maharashtra on the occasion of their New Year is an opportunity to join in their community-wide merriment celebrated with color, exotic dishes and much fanfare. On the street level, travelers will get to join non-stop dancing and merrymaking, and get to taste authentic Marathi dishes. They also get to see compelling folk visual arts called ‘rangoli’ that women and children create.
Maharashtra is an exciting place to be in to see folk arts, taste exotic dishes, observe colorful religious traditions, and join Marathi revelry.Avery Happy Gudi padwa 2013 for everyone celebrating this year.!May you all shower with abundant blessings.!