Maharashtrians wear new clothes, dance, prepare festive foods like Sakkar Bhaat sweet riceShrikhand and Puri, and Puran Poli, the festival is celebrated with friends and family. This is a public holiday in India. On one hand, it is considered to be the brainchild of the great Maratha warrior, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj; on the other, it is said to mark the day when Brahma created the world after the great flood.
The flag made from a a bright and colourful silk-scarf like cloth tied atop a bamboo stick, and on the top end of the stick, boughs of neem and mango leaves, along with a garland of flowers are also attached.
So, it symbolizes the victory of good over evil. It is topped with upturned silver or copper vessel signifying victory and achievement. The Gudi Padwa festivities in Maharashtra include regional delicacies like shrikhand, puri and puran poli.
Whereas, for the Konkanis, the festival is synonymous with dishes like kanangachi kheer, which is an Indian dessert made of sweet potato, coconut milk, jaggery and rice Much like every other festival, the origins of Gudi Padwa too have more than one version.
There is no specific Shubh Muhurat for Gudi Padwa. Traditionally, families prepare a special dish that mixes various flavors, particularly leaves of neem tree and jaggery.
Women also wear traditional jewellery called dejhor. If Chaitra Shukla Pratipada exists on the sunrises of two consecutive days, the first day is considered for Gudi Padwa celebration.