25 Mar Gudi Padwa – Why is it celebrated in Goa?
Happy Gudi Padwa
Gudi Padwa and Konkani: संवसर पाडवो, Sanvsar Pādvo is a spring-time festival that marks the the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon’s orbit. Its is the traditional new year for Marathi and Konkani Hindus. It is celebrated in and near Maharashtra and Goa on the first day of the Chaitra month to mark the beginning of the New year according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar.
Many observe this day by erecting a special Gudi flag Yellow / Orange consisting of a silk banner with a garland of flowers and leaves and topped with an upturned drinking pot. The Gudhi is displayed from windows, roofs or trees.
The Gudi is said to represent the flag of Brahma as mentioned in the Brahma Purana, an ancient Hindu text. The festival is linked to the mythical day on which Hindu god Brahma created time and universe. To some, it commemorates the coronation of Rama in Ayodhya after his victory over evil Ravana, or alternatively the start of Shalivahan calendar after he defeated the Huns invasion in the 1st century It is generally thought of as a good luck symbol to ward off evil and bring prosperity.