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Happy Gudi Padwa!

By Rajesh Karkera
Last updated on: March 28, 2017 12:21 IST
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See how Mumbaiites brought in the New Year. Photographs by Rajesh Karkera/Rediff.com

People from Maharashtra celebrate the Hindu New Year as Gudi Padwa.

On this day, they hoist a gudi (an inverted kalash wrapped in bright zari cloth) in front of their homes, get dressed in colourful, traditional attires and feast on sumptuous preparations.

In some parts of the state, women and men also take part in processions.

gudi padwa celebrations in Mumbai

IMAGE: A group of women in colour co-ordinated saris take part in the procession near Mahim, Mumbai.

gudi padwa celebrations in Mumbai

IMAGE: They follow a mini truck with a decorated bust of Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji.

gudi padwa celebrations in Mumbai

IMAGE: The kids onboard the truck are treated to snacks on the way.

gudi padwa celebrations in Mumbai

IMAGE: This young girl is guarding a carton of food supplies.

gudi padwa celebrations in Mumbai

IMAGE: A small brass band, also in coloured uniforms keeps the group entertained with their music.

gudi padwa celebrations in Mumbai

IMAGE: The girls are dressed in traditional nauvari (nine-yard) saris.

gudi padwa celebrations in Mumbai

IMAGE: At the tail of the procession, a police van keeps them company, should the need arise.

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