Gudi Padwa is the harvest festival celebrated in India. It also marks the beginning of spring season in India. Many Indians celebrate this festival as Hindu New Year and have different names for it. The celebration is known as Ugadi in Telugu, Yugadi in Kannada, Cheti Chand in Sindhi, Navreh in Kashmiri New Year and Baisakhi in Punjab and Haryana.
While the names and celebrations differ across the country, the spirit of celebrating the onset of spring, rabi season and the beginning of new year is common among the people of this country.
Gudi Padwa is typically celebrated in Maharashtra, denoting Marathi New Year
. On this day, Maharashtrians decorate the entrance of their house with a Gudi, a long bamboo stick adorned with a nice saree and having a made-up head using a goblet. This Gudi is adorned with neem and mango leaves, colorful flower garland and turmeric and vermilion powder. The Gudi denotes victory, good luck, happiness, health and prosperity.
While the significance of Gudi and its accreditation is ancient, but, the current situation calls for all of us to have a positive outlook and use this auspicious day to celebrate a new beginning of taking care of our health. New Year
is a time when everyone makes resolutions, but often they are broken within a few days. On this Gudi Padwa why not make a few resolutions that you can follow all year long?
Taking care of your health does not only mean that you have to hit the gym for 2 hours, have protein shakes, drink plenty of water, go on a diet and give up on your desserts. It also means that you should have a relaxed mind and body, clean surroundings, hygienic daily routine and living a simple life.
With the #coronavirusoutbreak
, this year on Gudi Padwa, you should take the following resolutions and help stop the pandemic from spreading:
- Stay indoors as far as possible.
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently.
- Cover your mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing.
- Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
- If you have to step out, be cautious and keep a distance of at least 3 feet from people who show the symptoms like fever and sneezing.
- Do not spit on public places.
Let the Gudi, on this Gudi Padwa symbolize health, social responsibility, social distancing, humanity and care.
We urge you to check your health insurance policy
and update it accordingly so that it can cover you and your family if anything unfortunate comes your way.
We hope that you and your loved ones remain safe during this time of medical duress.