Happy Gudhi Padwa

Today is the beginning of the New Year for some who follow the Indian lunar calendar. It’s also called the “Gudhi Padwa”. The word “Padwa” means the first day of the lunar month (after the new moon).

The “Gudhi” is a flag that symbolizes the victory of good over evil and it’s an invitation to prosperity and good luck into the house. A Gudhi is normally made up of a brocade cloth tied to the tip of a long bamboo over which sugar crystals, neem leaves, a twig of mango leaves and a garland of flowers is tied. A silver or copper pot is placed in the inverted position over it.

Happy New Year, y’all!

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