Gudi Padwa 2016

Gudi Padwa Dates
Date Day Year
11th April Thursday 2013
31st March Monday 2014
21st March Saturday 2015
8th April Friday 2016
28th March Tuesday 2017

In the western part of India, the people of Maharashtra will usher in the New Year on Gudi Padwa on 8th April 2016 (Friday). This New Year celebration in Maharashtra is known as Gudi Padwa and it is one of the major festivals of this region.  The date of the celebration is decided by the Hindu calendar followed in India and according to that, the date of Gudi Padwa falls on the 1st day of the month of Chaitra, which is also known as the Chaitra Shukla Pratipada. The day also declares the onset of the spring and thus the beginning of the harvest season in the state.

  • According to the holy Hindu scripture, Bramha Purana, Lord Brahma created the universe on the day of Gudi Padwa and hence, the date is considered auspicious to bring in the new year.

  • Marathis also believe that it is the day when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after slaying the demon king of Lanka, Ravana.

  • On Gudi Padwa Marathis will erect a gudi or a flag on their entrances. The flag is known as ‘Brahmadhwaj’ and is believed to be the harbinger of happiness, prosperity and victory. 

  • Gudi Padwa is a three and a half day festival when the Marathis decorate the flag with garland, sugar crystals, flowers, mango leaves and then put a kalash at the top before erecting the ‘gudi’ at the front door.

  • The ‘Gudi’ is said to ward off the evil and bring in good luck and hope for the household. 

  • Gudi Padwa has a great cultural influence over Marathis and they take this opportunity to showcase their traditions and customs.

  • They will take special care in decorating gudis as they are considered to be very auspicious and important. 

  • They normally wrap the long bamboo pole in bright color clothes. Earlier a gold or silver kalash was tied to the pole but now people use kalash made of copper or other economical metals.

  • As is the custom, the gudi is hung at the entrance at sunrise and removed before the sundown.

  • The celebration is marked by both rituals and festivities. Marathis offer a special puja of neem leaves, tamarind, jaggery, ajwain and gram pulses to the gudi. They would then eat the offering as they believe it can cure various blood related ailments.

  • Cleaning the house and wearing new clothes are also the integral parts of the celebration. It is also believed that buying gold and silver on Gudi Padwa would ensure year long prosperity and as a result, long queues can be seen in front of jewelry shops across Maharashtra.

  • Preparing elaborate meals are considered essential and you can taste some of the best traditional dishes during this time namely puran poli, soonth pak, shrikhand, and jalebis. 


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Gudi Padwa Messages

Fortunate is the one who has learned to Admire but not to envy. Good Wishes for a joyous Ugadi and a Happy New Year with a plenty of Peace and Prosperity.
This Gudi Padwa may you be blessed with good fortune as long as Ganeshji's trunk wealth and prosperity as big as his stomach happiness as sweet as his ladoos and may your trouble be as small as his mouse. Happy Gudi Padwa
May God Bless you with Peace and Good Luck and Success this Gudi Padwa and all through the year.
May the light that we celebrate at Gudi Padwa show us the way and lead us together on the path of peace and social harmony.
May peace transcend the earth.
May the spirit of light illuminate the world.
May the light that we celebrate at Gudi Padwa show us the way and lead us together on the path of peace and social harmony
WISH U A VERY HAPPY Gudi Padwa
May This Gudi Padwa be as bright as ever.
May this Gudi Padwa bring joy health and wealth to you.
May the festival of lights brighten up you and your near and dear ones lives.
May this Gudi Padwa bring in u the most brightest and choicest happiness and love you have ever Wished for.
May this Gudi Padwa bring you the utmost in peace and prosperity.
May lights triumph over darkness.
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