Gudi Padwa on 18 March 2018, ushers in the New Year for Maharashtrians, as the first day of “Chaitra” settles in. This day is considered highly auspicious among the Maharashtrians and also for some other southern states of India. It is said that the Sun falls directly on the point of intersection of the Equator and the meridians on this day, which marks the commencement of spring.
Mythology says, that Lord Brahma created the universe on this day. Some also say that it was on this day that Lord Narayana came to the rescue of earth in the “Matsa” or Fish Avatar. In Maharashtra, people observe this day as a new year as for them, the evil was eliminated and destroyed on the same day. Lord Ramachandra – the noblest God of all is said to have killed Ravana after fourteen long years of exile.
FESTIVE DRESSING – THE PERFECT MAHARASHTRIAN LOOK
Well any celebration in India means dressing up opulently and vibrantly. Gudi Padwa isn’t just about celebrating with your family at home, but also within the neighborhood. So if you’re stepping out for the festivity, I bring to you the typical Marathi look that you can try out.
Choose a bright and colorful traditional silk saree with thick gold border and the rest of the saree being plain. Instead of wearing a blouse of the same saree try and team it up with a contrast blouse and take your style to a whole new level. You can also try the typical maharashtrian 9 yard long nauari saree (like a dhoti style) if you think you can carry it well, in my opinion not most can.
Always begin your makeup by washing your face with a gentle face wash and then pat your skin dry with a soft face towel. Makeup Hack – Rubbing an ice-cube all over your face before you put on your makeup will tighten your pores and leave your skin smooth and the makeup will last longer. Apply a good water and sweat proof moisturizer cum sunscreen. Then use a concealer around the eyes and any other dark patches that need to be covered. Even out your skin with foundation and set in using compact powder. Then apply an eye shadow that matches your saree color or if you don’t want to go bold just play safe with bronze shades. Complete your eye makeup with a kajal on your waterline, eyeliner, and mascara. If you wish you can try out the winged liner style. For the lips, pick bright shades in red, pink, or orange but make sure to use the gloss, as it adds vibrancy to the complete makeup. Add a finishing touch with the Bindi. A big red one looks as pretty as the traditional crescent moon.
Tie up your hair into a neat bun, high or low, whatever suits you well. You can either create a centre or side parting as per your preference. On gudi padwa your look is incomplete without the traditional veni or gajra fancied around the bun.
Glitter up your festive look with gold gold and more gold. Wear the traditional choker and pair it with a long necklace and mangalsutra. Wear hanging earrings instead of studs.
Wear a gold kamarpatta (waistbelt) that takes the look a level up but make sure to adjust the pleats of the saree around the kamarpatta. Typically, a bajubandh (armlet) is worn one on each arm on the upper part of the arm but I preferred keeping it to just one.
A Saree look is never complete without bangles. So opt for bangle colors that match your saree or go green (maharashtrians typically wear green glass bangles on this day) in between golden ones. And don’t forget to wear the customary Nathni’s or nose ring, because that’s the accessory that will complete your look!
GUDI PADWA RITUALS
- On this day, people first take an oil bath and eat neem leaves. This ritual is meant to cleanse their body and soul and prepare them for the new dawn.
- Women clean their houses thoroughly and make arrangements for the get together of family and friends.
- Intricate rangoli designs are drawn in front of the house entrance. This ritual is meant to ward off negative energy and bring in good luck. Flowers are also used to decorate the house, especially at the door entrance. Flowers signify purity and the fragrance is meant to spread positive energy in and around the house.
- The special delicacies prepared on this day are Shrikhand, Poori, Puran Poli and Kanagachi kheer. The entire family gets together and enjoys the typical traditional food.
- The prasad is prepared by a mixture of six important ingredients each symbolizing a unique emotion and is distributed to one and all.
- Neem Buds/flower – Sadness
- Salt – Fear
- Green chili – Anger
- Unripened Mango – Surprise
- Tamarind – Disgust
- Jaggery – Happiness
- The ritual of Gudi is observed. Bright green or yellow cloth is tied on a long bamboo stick. It is decorated with sugar crystals, neem leaves, mango leaves and a garland of red or yellow flowers. A silver or copper pot is placed in the inverted position and a swastik with vermiliion is drawn on the pot. This Gudi is stuck out of the window of almost every house and is considered as a sign of prosperity and good things.
On this auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa may you be endowed with happiness, prosperity and success!
be bold. be beautiful.