Festival: Gudi Padva 2011

Hi Good day!
Happy New Year, Ugadi, Gudi Padwa, Navreh,Cheti Chand to all of you.

Our colony celebrated it in true 'Marathi Bana' style :D

Gudi padwa 2011Small girls playing fugdi on the beats of dhol during the miravnuk or procession. They were enjoying themselves. :)

It is celebrated on first day of a lunar month. It marks the beginning of the new agricultural phase of sowing. They say Brahma created the Universe on this day.

Gudi padwa 2011All houses in our building hoisted the Gudhi.

Gudi padwa 2011The colony Gudhi after its miravnuk or procession throughout the colony.

The Gudhi symbolizes Lord Rama’s victory and happiness on returning to Ayodhya after slaying Ravan. Since a symbol of victory is always held high, so is the gudi (flag). Read more here

Gudi padwa 2011Maharashtrians also see the Gudhi as a symbol of victory associated with the conquests of the Maratha forces led by Chhatrapati Shivaji.

Gudi padwa 2011

Gudi padwa 2011The procession had an entire nashik dhol group.

Gudi padwa 2011The miravnuk or procession had ladies dressed in the tradition attire of Kashta patayl or 9 yard sarees. The men folk wore kurta's with Fetha's or turbans.

Gudi padwa 2011There was a trailer drawn by bullocks for kids to sit & watch from.

Gudi padwa 2011The procession was led by a Maratha sardar :).

Gudi padwa 2011The youngsters had a grand time dancing to the enthu beats of the dhol.

Gudi padwa 2011The ladies got into dance mode too with fugdi's.

Gudi padwa 2011 This was a Dhangar(shepherd) group singing their folk songs. They had come specially from Kolhapur for this show.

After the procession & Gudi ubharne or hoisting, there were various dance & singing shows.

Gudi padwa 2011There was a lezim dance.

Gudi padwa 2011Check this cute girl. She was dancing along with each group, trying to copy the steps of all the didi's dancing. She captivated everyone more than the dancers :). Touch wood!! :D

Gudi padwa 2011Check her out. Full on confidence, no stage fright & totally impromptu !

Gudi padwa 2011
Laxmi che paay. Footprints of Goddess Laxmi, a must on all doorsteps of Maharashtrian families.

May you all always have Goddess Laxmi in your house :)

Enjoy this month, it has a lot of holidays. A perfect sign of 'Shravan' coming up :)

Some more Festival posts:
Festival: Christmas 2010
Festival: Happy Diwali 2010
Event: Mumbai's Biggest Diwali Party 2010
Festival:Happy Dasera 2010
Festivals: Lalbaugh cha Raja Ganpati 2010
Festivals:Ganpati 2010

Bye. tc.


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