Gudi Padwa is a celebration that people from western India, particularly Maharashtra, should be aware of. The event is mainly observed in the state and commemorates Lord Brahma’s universe creation. Gudi Padwa is, therefore, one of the most significant Hindu holidays, and it is believed to bring a great deal of good fortune, success, wealth, and pleasure.
It also signifies the beginning of a new year for the Marathi and Konkani people, and consequently, most people utilise this day to begin a new phase of their lives, such as starting a new business, buying a new home, or making substantial investments.
The event occurs on the first day of the Hindu month Chaitra, which falls between March and April on the Gregorian calendar. Gudi Padwa will be celebrated on March 23 this year.
Gudi is the flag of Lord Brahma, while Padwa is the first day of a new Moon phase.
According to tradition, Lord Rama was crowned after slaying Ravana during the day when Lord Brahma created the universe. Today is a favourable day to purchase real estate.
The day begins with a ritual wash, then prayers. They clean their homes and decorate them with garlands of flowers, clay lamps, and rangolis. Also, they wear new clothing before praying.
They created Gudi flags by tying a colourful silk scarf to a bamboo staff decorated with neem leaves, mango flowers, and Saakhar Gaathi (sugar candy garland). An inverted Kalash on a bamboo staff represents victory. Following the puja, the Gudi is raised outside the residence.