#GudiPadwa: Gudi Padwa, also known as Samvatsar Padvo, is a Hindu festival celebrated by Maharashtrians and Konkanis on the first day of the Chaitra month.
This year’s famous festival will take place tomorrow, despite the increasing number of Covid-19 cases and the looming lockdown in Maharashtra.
How is Gudi Padwa commemorated?
The festival is celebrated with great zeal because it is so important. It is named after two words: “Gudi,” which refers to Lord Brahma’s symbol or flag, and ‘Padwa,’ which refers to the first day of the moon.
People begin the day with a traditional oil bath, after which they decorate their homes and change into new clothes. Rangoli, which is made with colours and flowers, is one of the main attractions of the festive occasion.
People often place Gudi, which is regarded as a victory sign, at the entrance to their homes or on windows, after which they eat neem leaves.
When it comes to the festival’s origins, Hindu mythology holds that it was on this day that Lord Brahma created the world and began the days, weeks, months, and years.
On the holy day of Gudi Padwa, people worship Lord Brahma, as Ugadi is considered the first day of the universe’s existence.
With new Covid-19 cases breaking records every day in Maharashtra, the state government has asked residents to celebrate the occasion at home this time.
To delay the spread of the virus, the state administration is considering a full-fledged lockout, which is likely to be announced in the next day or two.
Due to the surging second wave of the Covid-19, several other states in the country are contemplating a lockout as well. We wish you all a joyous and peaceful Gudi Padwa!