It’s been a while since we shared our Mann ki Baat with everyone. We have been busy launching a new collection of our Miniature Gudi for the Gudi Padwa festival in the last week of March 2017. The first reaction by almost everyone after one look at our Gudi is “Cute”. Hence the title of today’s post is Our “Cute” little Gudi!
As a kid I was very confused with the number of times we celebrated New Year. Sometimes during Diwali, then in December and then in the middle of the year just before the Final Exams…which was Gudi Padwa. Each new year had it’s own advantages. December was party time and the other two always got me some new clothes 🙂
Until my 10th standard Gudi Padwa holiday could never be enjoyed to the fullest since the Final exams (4th semester) was always right around the corner. But I really enjoyed the celebrations. My Aai (Mother) made it a point to follow all the traditions of Gudi Padwa. Right upto making me eat Neem leaves as prasad.
One such year when I was learning to understand the concept of Gudi Padwa, My Aai told me that it is believed that whoever has the Tallest Gudi will prosper the most. It was the time when she was explaining What is Gudi Padwa and why do we celebrate it? I am going to give you all an excerpt of what I learnt in my childhood.
So Gudi Padwa is the beginning of the New Year as per Hindu Calendar. It is the first day of the Hindu Calendar month – Chaitra to mark the beginning of the New Year according to the Hindu Calendar. All Hindu festivals are generally connected to the Harvest time and Gudi Padwa signifies the arrival of Spring and the time for reaping the Rabi Crops.
At home while celebrating, My Aai (mother) used to tie a bright colour silk cloth (which is actually a fancy fabric used by men for wearing the Traditional Marathi Dhoti) at the top of a Bamboo stick (the ones generally used in all households in Mumbai for putting up clothes on the Drying Line :)). On top of this arrangement of the silk cloth tied to the Bamboo stick is a bough of mango leaves with a flower garland and all this is covered by an upturned copper pot/ vessel (which we call kalash or tambya in marathi).
Here is a photo to show you the arrangement,
After the Gudi Pujan (hoisting & then worshiping we draw the Saraswati Yantra/ drawing. The drawing represents Goddess Saraswati (a Goddess of Knowledge). The drawing manifests a continuous flow of energy through its arcs at the top.
For me this is how a typical Gudi Padwa was celebrated by me & my family.
Unfortunately, most people now have very hectic schedules and planning this festival and these wonderful things that I enjoyed as a kid becomes difficult. And that’s where our “Cute” miniature Gudi Collection can help everyone have a Hassle free Gudi Celebration.
For more details on our Gudi Collection, please click here
May this new year bring you a lot of happiness, success, prosperity, luck & good health. Happy Gudi Padwa to everyone from Aditi Crafts team!