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Gudi Padwa is an Indian harvest festival and marks the beginning of the spring season. India being an agricultural country this festival holds a lot of importance among the population since it also marks the start of the New Year according to the Hindu calendar. This spring festival is celebrated differently in different regions.

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Called Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, the Gudi is a stick covered in a bright coloured beautiful cloth covered by a copper or silver pot along with sugar crystals, neem leaves, and a few mango leaves. On the day of the festival, Maharashtrians typically place a Gudi at the entrance of their homes. In Karnataka, it is called Yugadi, Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba in Manipur and Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh.

In Maharashtra, the festive celebrations include regional delicacies like puran poli, shrikhand and puri. While the Konkanis traditionally prepare dishes like kanangachi kheer, a dessert speciality made from jaggery, sweet potato, rice and coconut milk.

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Kanangachi Kheer

Like most festivals, Gudi Padwa also has different versions about its origin. In Maharashtra, it is widely believed that this festival was first celebrated to mark Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s victory over the Mughals. While another version says that it marks the day that Brahma the Creator made the world post the great flood and marks new beginnings.

It is considered an auspicious day to start a new venture, buy new things, a day of new beginnings. This is one of those few days in the year, when most travellers prefer to spend an auspicious day back home with family and loved ones. The nomadic life of people struck by wanderlust makes it difficult for them to be home sometimes. This year, don’t let anything stop you from celebrating Gudi Padwa wherever you are, celebrate it with whistles
and bells and a double dollop of kanangachi kheer! Wish you a Happy Gudi Padwa and good luck with all your new beginnings.

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