Gudi Padwa is celebrated by people of Maharashtra, on the first day of the Chaitra month, with which they usher in the Hindu Year. The literal meaning of Gudi, is taken from the Sanskrit Language and when translated, means the first day of the lunar cycle. Like all Hindu rituals, people celebrate the festival by making intricate rangoli, or color imprints on the floor of their homes. But the speciality of the festival, and because of which it is often identified by, is the Gudhi flag. A Gudhi flag is adorned by flowers, mango and neem leaves, topped with upturned silver or copper vessel, and looks beautiful when it is carried by the people.
Gudhi flag was first hoisted by the public of Paithan, when the King Shalivahana returned home after defeating Sakas.
Gudhi is hoisted outside the houses of people, and usually is set in the right side on a terrace or the balcony, where ever the people feel comfortable that it will be seen by others.
Gudi Padwa is also significant because it marks the beginning of the spring season and the reaping of the rabi crops. It is also based on the day,on which Lord Brahma created the universe and gave birth to time, which began life.
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