Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!

नविन वर्षांच्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा

Happy New Year

Above "Gudhi" is made by the talented children at "Avhan Palak Sangh". Thanks dear children, for brightening our new year with your creativity and art. May God bless you.

Happy Gudhi Padva - Gudhi Padva is the new year celebrated by Maharashtrians by hoisting "Gudhi" near the house. The same day is celebrated in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh as Ugadhi and also by Sindhis as Cheti Chand as mentioned in the above link.

Gudhi is a bamboo stick on which a festive cloth & copper kalasha/pot is kept. It is decorated with flowers - mostly marigolds. The main door is decorated with marigold flowers and mango leaves - Toran. A festive lunch is made to mark the new year. Mostly, my mom makes Shrikhand on this day.

The legend has it that this was the day, Ram returned Ayodhya after His exile of 14 years. So people of Ayodhya celebrated this day by hoisting Gudhis to welcome their beloved prince.


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