Gudipadwa and Ugadi 2022: Date, Significance and History
Gudipadwa is a springtime festival that marks the traditional new year for Maharashtrian and Konkani Hindus. It is celebrated in and around Maharashtra and Goa on the first day of the month of Chaitra. Padava comes from the Sanskrit word Pratipada, which is the first day of the lunar fortnight. The spring festival is observed with colourful floor decorations called rangoli, a gudi dhwaja(flag garlanded with flowers, mango and neem leaves, topped with turned silver or copper vessels), street processions, dancing and festive food.
The festival signifies the harvest of Rabi crops. The festival is linked to the mythical day on which Brahma created time and the universe. To some, it commemorates the coronation of Lord Rama in Ayodhya after his victory over evil Ravana.
Women and children design intricate rangolis on the footsteps and fill it with vibrant colours, mirroring the colours of spring.
Ugadi or Samvatsaradi is the New Year's Day for the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka in India. It is festively observed in these regions on the first day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Chaitra. It falls in April month according to the Gregorian calendar.
The day is celebrated by designing rangolis, decorating the doors with mango leaves, giving gifts, indulging in charity and following a special delicacy called Pachadi. Pachadi is a festive food that combines six flavours - sweet, salt, sour, bitter, astringent and piquant. It is a reminder that one must accept all the flavours of experiences in the coming year and make the most of them.
The day begins at sunrise with ritual showers, rubbing the body with perfumed oil, followed by prayers.
People get dressed in their best and colourful outfits and mark their new beginnings with zeal and merriment.
We wish you all a very happy Ugadi and Gudi padwa. Let's pray that peace and optimism prevails in the world.