Ugadi/Gudi Padwa 2018: When, why and how the new year is celebrated

Doris Richards
March 18, 2018

In his message, Kovind said: "On the auspicious occasion of Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Cheti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba, I extend my greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens".

Here are some lovely images to wish your loved ones on the occasion of Hindu New Year Cheti Chand.Wishing people is the best thing one can do which doesn't even cost you a penny, A Wish can put a smile on the face of your loved ones which nothing in this world can buy. And Gudi Padwa, also celebrated a Maharashtrian New Year, is a harvest festival, signifying the end of one season and the beginning of a new one (also a time when Mangoes begin to flood the markets). It can also be celebrated in the usual gift giving and receiving manner, like people buy new clothes to wear and pass it to the young ones in their families, or share it with other relatives.

The year begins on the first day of Chaitra of the Hindu calendar named as Shalivahan. Prime Minister also extended his greetings to the people of Manipur. As per the Gregorian calendar, the day usually falls in March or April each year. It is believed that in the Telugu and Kannada Hindu traditions, the dish is a symbolic reminder that one must expect all flavours of experiences in the coming new year.

India celebrates three Hindu festivals today - Gudi Padwa, Ugadi and Navratri. Then that bamboo stick is adorned with colourful flowers and a copper or silver pot is placed on top of it. People hoist this flag outside the window or at the entry gate of the houses.


In Manipur, people following the Sanamahism religion celebrate Sajibu Cheiraoba, also called Meetei Cheiraoba and Sajibu Nongma Pānba, on this day.

As in case of Sharad Navratri which is celebrated in September-October, celebrations for Chaitra Navratri also involve worship of Goddess Durga and her nine forms.

While the tenth day of Sharad Navratri is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashami, the ninth day of Chaitra Navratri is celebrated as Ram Navami or Hindu Lord Rama's birthday.

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