A festival that binds more than half of our nation, known as Ugadi or Gudi Padwa is the New Year according to Hindu calendar. The first month of the year is called Chaitra and the first day of Chaitra is known as Ugadi. This festival holds utmost importance in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
This day is celebrated with different names and for different reasons. In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, it’s called Ugadi, at Karnataka, it’s called Yugadi. It’s celebrated as Cheti Chand by the Sindhi community, Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba in Manipur and Navreh in Kashmir
Known as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, the festival is celebrated by many people who clean their house, buy new clothes and hang torans of raw mango leaves. As ‘Gudi’ means doll, Marathis prepare bamboo dolls of mango and neem leaves and hang them on the entrance of their houses.
The festival marks the beginning of Vasant Ritu and New Year according to the Hindu Calendar.