Gudi Padwa is a Hindu festival celebrated in India, mainly in the state of Maharashtra.

It falls on the first day of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra, which usually falls in March or April according to the Gregorian calendar.

The festival marks the beginning of the New Year as per the Hindu calendar and is celebrated as a harvest festival.

The name 'Gudi Padwa' is derived from the Sanskrit words 'Gudi' meaning flag or banner, and 'Padwa' meaning the first day of the month.

On this day, people decorate their houses with colorful rangolis and torans (decorative hangings), and hoist a 'Gudi' (a bamboo staff with a cloth and an inverted copper pot) outside their homes.

The Gudi symbolizes the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, and it is believed to ward off evil and bring good luck.  

People wear new clothes and prepare traditional delicacies like puran poli, shrikhand, and aamras to celebrate the occasion.

The day is also marked by visiting temples, performing puja (worship), and seeking blessings from elders.

Gudi Padwa is a public holiday in Maharashtra, and people also organize cultural programs and processions to celebrate the occasion.

 Gudi Padwa is a joyous festival that celebrates the start of a new year and the arrival of spring, and it is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor in Maharashtra and other parts of India.

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