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Sansar Padwa – Gudi Padwa or Hindu New Year in Goa

Gudi Padwa is the Hindu New Year in Goa and is observed on the first day of Chaitra month. Gudi Padwa 2018 date is March 18. The day is also referred as Sansar Padwa and is considered one of the most auspicious days to start new ventures and perform auspicious ceremonies like house warming. Shigmo festival observed in some parts of Goa concludes on the Gudi Padva day.

Another ritual on the day is the Dinya Jatra in which unmarried youth from the Velip community carry a stick of dino decorated with flowers.

Gudi flags are also raised on the day in some houses just like in neighboring Maharashtra. In Goa, Gudi Padwa is also associated with numerous cultural and folk programs.

Animated Video on Why Durva Grass is used in the worship of Lord Ganesh?

Durva Grass is one of the favorite offering to Lord Ganesha. There is an interesting story in the Puranas that explain why Durva is used in worship of Lord Ganesh. It is said that offering 21 durva grasses to Ganesh will be blessed with peace and prosperity. Here is an animated Video on why Durva Grass is offered to Lord Ganesh

Holi Festival Today

Today, March 1, 2010, is the Pratipada or the first day of Chaitra Krishna Paksha in North India and in other regions it is the first day of Phalgun Krishna Paksha. Today is the second day of Holi festival when people play with colors. Yesterday was Holika Dahan. Today is also known as Dhulandi or Dhuleti or Dhulivandan.You can read more about Holi in these following articles:Reason for celebrating Holi in Hindu ScripturesLathmar Holi at Barsana in MathuraLaddoo HoliDangers of chemical colors during Holi festival

Holi Messages and Quotes from Hindu Gurus and Saints

Holi is a festival of colors. This whole world is so colorful. Just like nature there are different colors associated with our feelings and emotions: anger with red, jealousy with green, vibrancy and happiness with yellow, love with pink, vastness with blue, peace with white, sacrifice with saffron and knowledge with violet. Each person is a fountain of colors which keep changing. – Sri Sri RavishankarHoli is wonderful because it reflects exactly what is occurring in nature at that time – when all the beautiful flowers of different colors are blossoming. By celebrating this event we feel a greater oneness with nature. The dominant idea behind this festival is that we should live more in harmony with nature instead of trying to destroy her and make her our slave. - Swami Tejomayananda Let this Holi be a time when we change not only the color of our faces,
but the color of our hearts.
Let us not only play holi, but let us become holy.
Let the only color that truly penetrates our beings, be…