Gudi Padwa

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Gudi Padwa
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Gudi Padwa

Gudi Padwa, a spring festival, signifies the commencement of the traditional new year for Hindus, particularly those of Marathi and Konkani heritage. Celebrated in and around Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu at the onset of Chaitra, the first month of the lunisolar Hindu calendar, the festival is marked by vibrant floor decorations known as rangoli. Additionally, festivities include the display of a special gudi dvaja (a saree or cloth adorned with flowers, mango, and neem leaves, along with a garland of sugar crystals called gathi), street processions, dance performances, and the enjoyment of festive foods.