Gudi Padwa auspicious festival of rangoli, flowers,and greetings

Joanna Estrada
March 18, 2018

Mr. Naidu said, the festivals mark the beginning of the traditional new year and reflect the composite culture and rich heritage of the country.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter saying, "Happy Ugadi, Happy Sajibu Cheiraoba and Happy Gudi Padwa to all those who are celebrating" and "Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Chaitra Navratri".

Gudi Padwa is one of the most-awaited events in Maharashtra.

In his message, Kovind said: "On the auspicious occasion of Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Cheti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba, I extend my greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens". "May these festivals strengthen the bonds of fraternity among people in various regions of our country", said President Kovind in an official statement. Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are also celebrating Ugadi. Not only Maharashtra but other states in India like Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh also celebrate the day with much fanfare. "May the year ahead be a wonderful one", he tweeted.

Gudi Padwa is a spring-time festival that marks the traditional new year for Hindus in Maharashtra and is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month of the lunisolar Hindu calendar. The celebrations were marked by colourful and musical processions.

Gudi Padwa also marks a significant movement of the sun - it's the March or the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere when the sun crosses the equator and we see roughly equal days and nights.

In Manipuri, Sajibu is the first month of the year according to the Meitei lunar calendar. This festival is exclusively celebrated to worship Goddess Durga and her various avatar. While the tenth day of Sharad Navratri is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashami, the ninth day of Chaitra Navratri is celebrated as Ram Navami or Hindu Lord Rama's birthday.

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