Gudipadwa – the traditional Maharashtra New Year was celebrated today, filling the city with joyous atmosphere. Sweets and festive delicacies became the order of the day. It is a day of great festivity and rejoicing as it commemorates the Maharashtrian New Year. The city has been blessed with the right spirit and enthusiasm to celebrate as the traditional Maharashtra New Year; Gudipadwa was celebrated, filling the city with joyous atmosphere. Sweets and festive delicacies became the order of the day. The festival added spike and pep to all hearts. Gudi means a banner raised to announce victory and joy and “Padva” is another name for “Pratipada” which is the first day of a lunar month. It is a day of great festivity and rejoicing as it commemorates the triumphant expeditions of the Maratha armies. People get up early and clean their houses, decorating them with intricate rangoli designs and even diyas. The worship to the “Gudi” is supposed to drive away evil ushers in prosperity and good fortune. A brightly colored silk cloth is first tied to a wooden pole with a brass or silver goblet or kalash is placed upturned atop it. This is called the “Gudi”. The “Gudi” or decorated pole is placed where passers by can see it. Gudi Padva is considered one of the auspicious days in the year when people start new ventures. We pray that at times when the societies and communities are going through testing times for humanity at large, Gudi Padwa will bless the city with safe, secure and happy year ahead. Happy Gudi Padwa to all !
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