An image of the ‘Gudi’ hoisted at the BIMHRD Building in Sri Balaji Society.
Sri Balaji Society celebrated ‘Gudi Padwa’, on the 6th of April in its premises, welcoming in the New Year along with a prayer for peace and prosperity for all the members of the society. Gudi Padwa is a festival that marks the onset of a good harvest and is celebrated with pomp and glory across Maharashtra and in various other states in India.
Gudi Padwa marks the first day of the lunisolar Hindu calendar and is celebrated by raising the Gudi flag with flowers, mango and neem leaves, topped with upturned silver or copper vessel along with exchange of good pleasantries, sweets and savories such as Sakhar Bhat, Shrikhand puri, Puran poli, and so on. Apart from eating the sweet dishes, the elders of the family make it a point to make the members in the family eat neem leaves signifying the blend of bitterness and sweetness that is life.
The festival is celebrated throughout the country, but in different names and forms such as ‘Samvatsar Padvo’ among Hindu Konkanis of Goa, ‘Ugadi’ in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana, ‘Cheti Chand’ in North India, in Manipur as ‘Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba’, In Punjab as ‘Baisakhi’, In West Bengal as ‘Naba Barsha’, in Assam as ‘Bihu’, In Kerela as ‘Vishu’ and in Tamil Nadu as ‘Putuhandu’. Students greeted their friends and acquaintances on this day and wished each other good luck and prosperity for the days ahead.