My Gudi Padwa

India is a land known for its culture and diversity. We celebrate many festivals throughout the year. Many festivals and rituals are region specific too. And Gudi padwa is one such festival. A very warm Happy New year to my readers. Gudi Padwa marks the first day of Marathi Hindu Calendar. As most of our Hindu festivals are linked to start of a new season, this festival is no different. It about celebrating harvest and sowing of new seeds. New leaves start growing, flowers start blooming and Mango tree’s flowers start bearing fruits now. On this day Gudi is hoisted in every house. This symbolic flag is believed to keep all the negetivty away and bring happiness and prosperity to the family. It is sign of victory of good virtue over evil

Earlier, in my first blog, I mentioned that I was brought up in a small town of Jabalpur, in Madhya Pradesh. I never had holiday from school on this day. I eagerly waited for school to get over and rushed home for Shrikhand and Puri lunch. My Dad owned a small-scaled business there, of photocopying and printing. Many of us might be aware that Gudi Padwa is a very auspicious day. In fact, it is considered amongst the three and a half most auspicious days of the year. Therefore, it is a perfect day to start any new venture and whenever, Dad brought any new technology or new machinery, he inaugurated it on this special day. We used to visit our shop and my mother would carry out a small pooja of the new machine and then first inaugural operation use to be undertaken.

When I stayed away from home for further studies and job, Gudi Padwa, was just a date, as many festivals are for most people who are staying alone. It used to be beautiful sight to see Gudi in the balconies of every house in Pune, and treat to have Srikhand Puri in lunch box. During those days my idea of celebrating this festival was just calling family members and greeting them with New year wishes. After marriage and after kids the festivals again started gaining attention. Children’s innocence brought new freshness to every occasion, the questions that I never thought of asking my parents I had to find answers to those. As any other parent our efforts were also to make sure that our children stay connected to our culture and every question that comes in their mind has a perfect rationale reasoning. Like in our culture sweet or offering to the deity in every festival is already decided, which I feel is in accordance to the season. Like in this festival, Winter has come to an end and henceforth we can consume a cold and accept sweet experiences of life. Our Culture seems more beautiful as we try to connect dots with nature and understand the simple life lessons imbibed in it.

Now as I’m trying to settle to a new country, leaving my native place far behind, again I’m adapting to make sure as family we stay connected to our roots! I did not find Neem tree leaves, neither Mango tree leaves but still I want to make sure that there is a Gudi standing in my balcony. Due to whether fluctuations, we cannot have a sour cold dessert but I was sure there is an Indian sweet dish for prasad today. I believe, all those who stay away from home try to connect with their motherland just like this. I truly wish this year brings health, fortune and prosperity to all.

प्रत्येक घराच्या बाहेर दिसते सुरेख रंगीत गुढी आणि आंब्याचे तोरण…
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