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Gudi Pava or Gudi Padwa

The New Year's Day in Maharashtra is celebrated in March/April, on the first day of Chaitra as Gudi Pava or Gudi Padwa. It is a day of great festivity and rejoicing. People get up early and clean their houses, decorating them with intricate rangoli designs. A silk cloth is tied to a pole with a brass goblet or kalash atop it, which is supposed to drive away evil from the house. Fresh leaves of neem tree, puran-pori and Shrikand are eaten during this festival. Historically, Gudi Pava marks the victory of the Satavahana king Shalivahana over his enemies, about 1921 years ago. 



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