For Thane residents, Gudi Padwa celebrations will go beyond dholaks, lezhims and colourful rangolis this year. Seated on bicycles and carrying banners reading ‘Cycle Chalao, Engine Bachao’, more than 400 students from Thane schools will take part in the annual Gudi Padwa yatra on Friday.
Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month, marking the beginning of the New Year for Maharashtrians.
“We are expecting more than 25,000 spectators,” said Sudhakar Vaidya, trustee, Shree Kopineshwar Sanskrutik Nyas Trust, which has organised the procession for the past 11 years.
In Girgaum, more than fifty different parades by local groups and political parties will take place on Friday morning.
“The theme of this year’s procession is Hindu mythology,” said Avadhut Gawankar from Girgaum’s KDGB Nivas Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal.
Last year, India’s victory in the World Cup was emblazoned on the posters during the Gudi Padwa procession in Vile Parle, but this year, it is Anna Hazare’s anti corruption movement that will be the highlight.