Auspicious Monday: Several Hindu’s festival to be celebrated

Hindu New Year 2014 Wallpapers wishes+ganeshaAHMEDABAD: In the auspicious month of Chaitra various communities will be celebrating their new years coinciding with the harvest season. For Hindus Chaitra Navratri will begin on Monday.

The day will also mark Gudi Padwa, Ugadi, Cheti Chand and Navreh for Marathi, Kannadigas and Andhrites, Sindhis and Kashmiris respectively.

For Marathis, the day holds special significance as it marks the victory of good over evil. There are many myths related to the day including victory of Lord Rama over Ravana and creation of the universe by Lord Brahma. The Marathis make gudi (a stick covered by a sari and a utensil), worship it and keep it near the door to ward off evil and get blessings. The household prepare delicacies while wearing new clothes.

For Kannadigas and Andhraites, Ugadi, literally meaning beginning of the new yug or year, is the day to remember that life is a mixture of bitter-sweet. The spirit is best reflected in the staple Ugadi Pachchadi, having six tastes – spicy, sweet, salty, sour, bitter and pungent.

The birth of Jhulelal is celebrated as Chetichand, the new year of the Sindhi community. The community members carry out processions and also provide alms to the needy. For Kashmiris, Navreh is the lunar new year. The day is marked with Navreh Thal, a plate which has rice, tcho’vor – a roti of rice flour, pen or quill, money, milk or curd, dooyn – an odd number of walnuts, rock salt and flowers. The community in the city held celebrations on Sunday.

Source: Times Of India