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A gudi symbolises victory

April 01, 2006

Gudi Padva, or the arrival of the new year, was celebrated throughout Maharashtra on Thursday.

On this day, in each home, the traditional gudi is put up -- a long bamboo stick, to which is attached a new silk cloth, a garland and a dangling neem twig. A silver or a metal pot is inverted onto this arrangement.

The gudi symbolises victory. It also indicates a wish for an individual to prosper materially and spiritually.

Some of the special sweets served on Gudi Padva are  Puran Poli and Shrikhand.

Also served are Aambe Dal and Sunth Paak.

Photographs: Sanjay Sawant in Mumbai
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