Gudi Padwa or Gudi Padva or Ugadi festival is celebrated on the first day of the first Chaitra month in the nearby regions of Maharashtra and Goa which marks the beginning of the New year as per the Lunisolar Hindu calendar. Natives of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka celebrate Gudi Padwa as Ugadi. Both the festivals are celebrated on the same day. Gudi Padwa in 2023 will be celebrated on 22nd March 2023, Wednesday.
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Gudi Padwa also is known as Gudi Padova and Sanvsar Padvo in Konkani is a festival celebrated in spring-time which also marks the typical New Year for Konkani and Marathi Hindus. The word Padova or Padavo or Paddva/Paddvo originated from the Sanskrit word Pratipada, which indicates to the first (1st) day of a lunar fortnight.
Gudi Padwa is celebrated with great enthusiasm and passion. People observed the festival of Gudi Padwa by decorating their floors with Rangoli; multicoloured floor decorations made with varying colours), a unique Gudi flag (which is garlanded with different flowers, along with the leaves of Neem and Mango tree, topped with upside-down silver or a copper container). Processions are carried out on the streets, people dance and make special festive foods. Maharashtrian people observe this festival by making different kinds of popular cuisines like Pooran Poli, Shrikhand and poori.
Gudi Padwa purports the arrival of the springtime and the reaping of crops; Rabi crop. The festival is associated with a mythical day in which the Hindu creator god Hindu god Brahma created Universe and time. In few parts, it honours the crowning of Lord Rama in Ayodhya after his victory over King Ravana of the golden Lanka and also the beginning of the Shalivahan calendar. As per Anne Feldhaus in rural parts of Maharashtra the festival Gudi Padwa is also linked to Shiva's dance and Gudi Kavads which was carried together to a Shiva temple celebrated by a large community.
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Gudi Padwa in 2023 will be celebrated on 22nd March 2023, Wednesday.
The date begins from 22nd March 2023, at 02:57 p.m.
The date ends on 23rd March 2023, at 05:26 p.m.
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