For Maharashtrians, Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of New Year.
The day is considered auspicious to start any new venture. Bollywood and TV actors talk about their fondest memory of the festival and the plans they have this year for the special day, wishing their fans.
Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu took to Twitter to greet her fans with a simple "Happy Gudi padwa! Love and happiness to all!" on Monday.
Happy Gudi padwa!Love and happiness to all!— Bipasha Basu (@bipsluvurself) March 31, 2014
Actor Sridevi Boney Kapoor wrote, "Wishing all a very Happy Gudi Padwa. May this day bring happiness, success and prosperity."
Arshad Warsi, too, had special wishes for his fans and friends. He wrote, "A very Happy Gudi Padwa to all my Maharashtrian friends... Wishing you all a happy & peaceful year, full of love."
Actor Anupam Kher tweeted, "Happy Navratre, Happy Gudi Padwa, Happy Ugadi & Happy Navreh to All. May all your wishes/dreams come true. Love & Happiness Alway.:) "
Shreyas Talpade tweeted, "Happy Gudi Padwa lovely people. Navin varshachya khup shubhechchaa."
Jacqueline Fernandez wrote, "Happy Gudipadwa and Ugadi to all. First day of the Bright phase of the moon!"
TV actor Hiten Tejwani wished his fans on Twitter: "Happy Chetti Chand and happy Gudi Padwa to everyone."
Bollywood actor Mahek Chahal wrote on Twitter, "Happy Gudi Padwa 2 you all ;-)"
TV host and actor Sharad Kelkar shared his own plans even as he wished one and all: "GUDI PADWA! New year! New Beginning! Startin d new day wid an important meeting on this auspicious day.Wishing u all a very Happy Gudi Padwa"Actor Pulkit Samrat too wished his fans on Twitter, writing, "Happy Gudi Padwa!! :)"
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Shreyas Talpade:I used to stay in a joint family when I was younger. I remember my cousins and uncles used to decorate the Gudi and place it on our balcony. I liked that sight. I also used to crave the Sakhar Bhaat that was made especially on Gudi Padwa. I fondly remember the day when my uncles gave me the responsibility to decorate the Gudi and perform the puja.
Padmini Kolhapure:As my father is the oldest member of our family, on Gudi Padwa, my extended family comes over for the celebrations. Even today, at the age of 84, he asks about the food, the decor and the Gudi. We all love Puran Polis, so we make lots of them. I love Shrikhand and Puri too. Earlier, we used to make them at home, but nowadays we buy them.
Gauri Shinde:My mother and I used to decorate and place the Gudi outside our home. When I was a child, I used to see the Gudi as a doll that you dress up. My cousins also used to come home on Gudi Padwa; we used to have lunch together.
Mahesh Manjrekar:We used to make the Gudi and place it outside our house. Gudi Padwa is one of the best mahurats (auspicious occasions) to start something.
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Mansi Salve: Though we don’t celebrate this festival in a grand way, I feel it is more about spending time with family. With a stressful work life, it is most important to celebrate festivals which are perhaps the only time when everyone is together and enjoys each other’s company.
Rajshree Thakur:Gudi Padwa is a festival my family and I look forward to every year. There is excitement in the air. We clean our house, decorate the Gudi and enjoy eating sweets. My husband gets me a special gift each year on this day. Last year, I got a gold bracelet. Let’s see what’s in store this time.
Neena Kulkarni: I am not a follower of rituals but I do like to continue some traditions instilled in me by mother. I enjoy decorating the Gudi. I’m also keen to know the stories behind the customs. Most Maharashtrian festivals are low-key but in today’s multicultural society, the scale seems to have become grander.