Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of the New Year. This day is considered quite auspicious as new ventures are started and house-warming poojas are performed. While Maharastrians call it Gudi Padwa, it is known as Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Houses are decorated with Mango leaves at the entrance, new clothes are brought and the whole family visits the temple to seek God’s blessings before the commencement of the New Year.
A common sight in Maharashtrian households is the gudis that hang out of windows. The gudi is covered with a silk cloth and decorated with coconuts, marigold flowers and mango leaves. As part of the tradition, bitter leaves of neem along with jaggery are distributed among family and friends.
Happy Gudi Padwa! May you find your life partner during this auspicious festival of prosperity and abundance.
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