Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Happy Gudi Padwa !

Gudi Padwa is New Year's day for Maharashtrians, and in 2006, it will be celebrated on March 30th! I have fond memories of celebrating gudi padwa - no school, new clothes, terrific food (with the sole exception of the spoonful of a concoction which contained leaves and flowers from the neem tree), and helping mom decorate the "gudi," a long pole atop which sits a small brass pot which holds a coconut, covered with a nice piece of cloth and decorated with leaves from the mango tree :)

Needless to say, many a story is spun around why we celebrate gudi padwa. Some say this is the day Brahma created the Universe, when the satyuga (the age of truth) was inaugurated, and when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after slaying King Vali.

So what does one do to celebrate gudi padwa in upstate NY? No decorated gudi, but we make do with some wonderful kheer!


  • oh my god, i remember that bitter neem leaves too, symbolizing life and all its aspects itseems! I want sweet pongal-now. -swati

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/30/2006 10:27 AM  

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