Ugadi or Gudi Padwa is considered an auspicious day in peninsular India. It is the first day of the springtime month and brings the dawn of a new year. The word gudi is symbolic of a victory banner raised to celebrate the coming of a new year.The New Year feast is a variety of sweets and savouries and the day’s highlight is the reading of the new planetary conjuctions and the star positions.
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While it is called Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, in Maharashtra it is known as “Gudipadawa”. In other states such as in Punjab, it is celebrated in the name of Baisaki, in Tamil Nadu “Puthandu”, in Kerala “Vishu” Poila Baishak in West Bengal and “Bihu” in Assam. Though, this festival is given different names in various States, it is celebrated in the same manner with much gusto.
Various states celebrate the New Year in their own characteristic ways. Although not all these fall on the same day, the Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Kashmiri and Sindhi New Year fall on the same day – the first day of the month of Chaitra, which is the beginning of spring.