April 8, 2016
|Last Year (2015)||21st March|
|Present Year (2016)||8th April|
|Next Year (2017)||28th March|
Gudi Padwa is the first Holy festival for the Hindus which marks the starting of the New Year. This new year festival for Hindus known with differents name in different parts of the country, as Gudi Padwa (in Maharashtra) , Ugaadi (in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Puthandu (in Tamil Naidu), Cheti Chand (in Sindhi) and Vishu (in Kerala). It is believed on this auspicious day Lord Brahma created the whole Universe. Therefore for the Hindu, this festival carries special importance and celebrated with an auspicious early morning bath, followed by decorations of the house with a Toran and performing the ritualistic worship.
When Is It Celebrated?
Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first bright phase of the New Moon in the months of Chaitra of the Hindu calendar, which falls in the months of March and April as per the English Gregorian Calendar. This festival marks as the New Year’s eve for Maharashtrians and Konkanis Hindus in India.
How It Is Celebrated?
The Celebration of the festive day begins with by cleaning the houses and the courtyard will be plastered with the fresh cow dung. People take the ritual showers followed by puja (prayer) to the God. People decorated their houses with Rangoli and Mango Leaves, every member of the family wears the new clothes and enjoy the celebration of the festival by wishing the New Year greetings to each other.
They prepare the special mixture of Neema and Jaggery called “Bevu Bella” for eating, which symbolizes the fact that the life is a combination of Happiness and Sorrow, Good and Bad day. By eating neem and jaggery which means that one need to have both experience of Happiness and Sorrow or Good and Bad time , which will be accepted together with equanimity through the Year.