Come 4th April, 2011, and for the people of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka, it's time to usher in a New Year - a new beginning. The Gudi Padva in Maharashtra and Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are apt festivals celebrating the onset of spring.
The Gudi Padva is marked by a gudi (banner) with a swastika-marked metal pot and silk cloth raised in the entrance of every household in Maharashtra. On this day people prepare sweets
, wear new clothes
and visit the temple. Gudi Padva gifts too are an integral part of this festival.
Ugadi, on the overhand is marked by holding Kavi Sammelans (poetry recitals) in different places to welcome the New Year. On this festival too, exchanging traditional Ugadi sweets
and Ugadi gifts
play a significant role in strengthening family ties.
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