This year’s Gudi Padwa festival will take place on Tuesday, April 13th. This auspicious festival falls on the first day of Chaitra, the Hindu calendar’s first month.
Maharashtra is the state where Gudi Padwa is most famous. The Gudi Padwa festival is known as Samwatsara in Konkani, though it is known as Ugadi in parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Gudi Padwa commemorates Lord Ram’s crowning after his return to Ayodhya with Sita and Lakshman after a 14-year exile. Lord Ram’s victory over the demon king Ravana is symbolised by the Gudi (flag). The Gudi is raised high as a victory sign.
Gudi Padwa’s most significant dates
On April 12, 2021, Pratipada Tithi will begin at 8:00 a.m.
On April 13, 2021, at 10:16 a.m., Pratipada Tithi comes to an end.
This year, the Gudi will be raised between 11:56 a.m. and 12:24 p.m. during Abhijeet Muhurat.
Devotees begin the day by taking a ritual bath, followed by prayers. People decorate their front doors with rangoli and torans of flowers/mango leaves to commemorate the joyous occasion.
The Gudi flag was created by tying a red or yellow silk scarf, neem leaves, and mango flowers on top of a bamboo stick. The Gudi is also hung with a Saakhar gaathi (sugar cane garland). The bittersweet memories of life are symbolised by this ritual.
On the bamboo stick, there is an upside-down Kalash made of silver, copper, or bronze, which represents victory. The Gudi is hoisted outside the house once the puja is completed.
Men wear Kurta with Dhoti or Pyjama, while women wear their traditional Navari saree. On this day, people make Srikhand and Puran Poli.
In North India, Chaitra Navratri begins on the same day as Gudi Padwa.