Authentic Marathi recipes for Gudi Padwa
It’s that time of the year, when festive fervour can be felt everywhere. Right from lit up streets to decorated houses to the captivating aroma of sumptuous traditional delicacies the spring season doesn’t just bring joy in terms of the weather and flowers but also fills us with celebratory spirits.
According to Hindu calendar, the Chitra month marks the beginning of a new year and fresh harvest and is celebrated in different parts of the country in various ways. In the state of Andhra Pradesh, people celebrate this time as Ugadi. Yugadi is celebrated by Karnataka. Assam celebrates Bihu and West Bengal celebrates Poila Baisakh. Gudi Padwa is also one of the most celebrated harvest and new year festivals in the country and is mainly celebrated in Maharashtra.
The word ‘Gudi’ stands for Lord Brahma’s flag and ‘Padwa’ stands for the first night of a bright phase of the moon. The festival is based on various legends including the one which states that when the earth was demolished and time had stopped, Lord Brahma recreated life and then the age of ‘Satyug’ began. To celebrate the new age and the new harvest, the festival is celebrated across the country with a lot of enthusiasm. As we all know that no celebration is complete without food and Maharashtra is one of the richest states in terms of food and tradition, the delicacies prepared during Gudi Padwa speak for themselves. For you to also have a taste of the festival, here is a list of vegetarian items that you can prepare at home:
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