Varsha Pratipada, which is also known as Gudi Padvo or Ugadi is the first day of the national calender and falls at the beginning of spring on the first day of the month of Chaitra, which falls in April. ‘Vasanta Ritu’ conventionally brings optimism, hope and assurance to people about the future as it represents rejuvenation. As Varsha Pratipada represents the beginning of a new year, it is also believed to be the time for self-reflection. This year Varsha Pratipada will be celebrated on 28th March.
· The day begins with ceremony showers (oil bath) followed by puja to god and Panchanga Shravana.
· Devotees decorate their houses with Mango Leaves and Rangoli and everyone in the family wear new clothes and greet each other with New Year wishes.
· In many parts of India, the warm leaves of neem are mixed with jaggery, and the mixture is called Bevu-Bella are distributed as Prasad after offering to god as naivedya. It signifies the two incompatible aspects of human life: Good and Bad, Happiness and Sorrow. Eating Neem and Sweet Jaggery means one need to accept both Good and Bad or Happiness and Sorrow together and with equability through the New Year.
It is believed that Lord Brahma created universe on this day, which led to the commencement of ‘Satyug’.
This day marks the end of one agricultural yield and the beginning of a new one. In this context, the Gudhi Padwa is celebrated at the end of the Rabi season. Guḍhī Pāḍavā is one of the Saadhe-Teen Muhurta (translation from Marathi: 3 and a half auspicious days) in the Indian Lunar calendar. The list considts of:
· Gudhi Padwa- 1st Tithi of Chaitra (Bright Half)
· Akshaya Tritiya- Third Tithi (Lunar day) of Bright Half (Shukla Paksha) of the pan-Indian month of Vaishakha
· Vijayadashami - 10th Tithi of Ashwin
· Balipratipada - 1st Tithi of Kartika (Bright Half)
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