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Welcome Tradition at Home: 6 Gudi Padwa Decoration Ideas to Consider

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Aug 22, 2023

India is a beautiful land with numerous regional and national festivals celebrated across the country. The fact remains that the joy of festivities and the love of family get-togethers keep the fabric of our society tight-knit. Some festivals are celebrated in different states by different names but hold a central place in Indian culture.

Gudi Padwa is one such festival that is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Maharashtra. The home and family are at the heart of this beautiful celebration. Gudi Padwa So, let us learn more about the significance of the festival and get Gudi Padwa decorating tips for your house.

Gudi Padwa – The Flag Festival

If you live in Maharashtra, you might have decorated your home with a flag to celebrate Gudi Padwa. However, this celebration is not confined to the state. The first day of Chaitra, the first month of the Hindu calendar, is a special occasion in most parts of the country. The festival is celebrated as Ugadi in many parts of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka. In northern India, the day marks the start of the Chaitra Navratri. However, the celebration of Gudi Padwa is indigenous to Maharashtra, some parts of Madhya Pradesh, and the union territories of Dadra and Nager Haveli and Daman and Diu. The word Gudi refers to the traditional flag that is hoisted, and padwa signifies the first day of the waxing fortnight.

The origin of this festival is associated with several legends and mythological stories, including the coronation of Sri Ram after his victory over Ravana and the delightful dance of Lord Shiva heralding the start of spring. We can agree that Gudi Padwa is a beautiful way to celebrate the spring harvest in a country largely dependent on agriculture for its sustenance.

Gudi Padwa Decoration Tips For Your House

  1. The ubiquitous flag is perhaps the most important décor item you will need to design for the Gudi Padwa festival. It is traditionally a new and colourful cloth tied to a flagpole. In modern times our flats and apartments may not be conducive to hoisting a full-length pole, but that should not stop you from putting up colourful cloth flags with beautiful prints on your balcony or windows. Pick bright colours like orange, yellow, and red to reflect the joy this festival brings.
  2. The hallmark of any Indian festival is an invitation to friends and loved ones to visit and join in the celebratory rituals. Nothing looks quite as charming or inviting as a toran. With the festival marking the onset of spring, you can pick up a fresh floral toran with marigolds and jasmine to decorate the main entrance. If you want the décor to last, you can opt for a pearl and beads toran or stick to the traditional mango leaf door décor you make at home with your family.
  3. Gudi Padwa is a day to showcase your love of vibrant colours and your rangoli skills. Make space in the living room and design a large colourful rangoli design right in the centre. If you have a spacious foyer, this is another space you can utilise to show off your skills. For homeowners who are unsure about their rangoli skills, there are several DIY stencil kits available in the market.
  4. Gudi Padwa, Ugadi, Cheti Chand – whatever name you celebrate this festival by, it is a beautiful reminder of your ethnic origins and love of the country’s diversity. Use rugs, table runners, tablecloths, and durees made from indigenous fabrics to add colour and vibrancy to your home. Pick out hand-embroidered pieces or fabric with traditional motifs to mark the day.
  5. Indian festivals are always celebrated by lighting lamps around the home. One of the Gudi Padwa decoration tips that add both light and fragrance to your home is lighting scented candles around the household. If you want to add some sparkle, opt for fairy lights or LED strips to line your balcony railings, windows, or even under the dining table.
  6. No festival is complete without fresh flowers. Place summer flowers like gerberas and zinnias in vases or hang strings of jasmine around the home. Pay special attention to the home temple or the mandir. You may want to decorate this area with hibiscus flowers for the festival.

Gudi Padwa is the start of the Samvat Year (Hindu calendar year). Make the occasion all about new beginnings. It is not uncommon for homeowners to paint their homes and buy new furniture pieces or furnishings to mark this occasion.