Happy Ugadi 2023: history, significance, celebration

Happy Ugadi 2023: Ugadi, also known as Yugadi or Ugadhi, is the first day of the Hindu New Year. It is a significant Hindu festival celebrated with great joy and festivity by the people of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. Happy Ugadi 2023: history, significance, celebration.

Ugadi also called as Gudi Padwa, is a Hindu festival that marks the beginning of the traditional new year in Maharashtra. It is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu month of Chaitra, which corresponds to March and April on the Gregorian calendar. This year, as per the Marathi panchang, Gudi Padwa will be celebrated on March 22. Gudi Padwa, popularly known as Samvatsara Padvo, means the first day of new year in Maharashtra.

 In simple words, the Marathi New Year has got its name from two words – ‘gudi’, which means a flag or emblem of Hindu Lord Brahma and ‘padwa’ means the first day of the phase of the moon. The festival marks the beginning of the harvest season. In Maharashtra, people celebrate Gudi padwa with much fervour and enthusiasm.  This year, the Marathi New Year is being celebrated on March 22, 2023, the day on which the nine-day Navratri festival begins.

Ugadi 2023: History and significance

According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that Lord Brahma created the universe on the day of Gudi Padwa and introduced days, weeks, months and years. Some also consider it a day when King Shalivahana celebrated his victory and people hoisted the flag on his return to Paithan. Basically, Gudi is said to be a symbol of victory over evil.

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Gudi is made by tying a piece of fresh cloth around a bamboo stick of about 5 feet long and Marathis place neem leaves along with sugar candy garland on it. The stick is then placed in silver or bronze pot.  On this day, people wake up early in the morning and decorate their homes with beautiful rangoli designs and Gudi. Marathis worship Gudi to mark their new year and later enjoy Puran Poli to Shrikhand with family and friends.

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