Akshay Kelkar (Abhishek from Sony SAB’s Bhakharwadi)
It is the first festival of the year for the Maharashtrians and a beginning to a happy and prosperous year. We make rangoli and place Gudi at home. I will celebrate Gudi Padwa with my family at home this year and I can’t wait to indulge in the delicious sweet dish that my Aai makes. I have a sweet tooth so Aai makes aamra khand and an elaborate Maharashtrian meal.
I remember, during my childhood, my mother used to make an elaborate Sanskar Bharti rangoli on our porch. I used to sit with her and help her with it. I am an artist and I learnt the art of creating Sanskar Bharti rangoli due to this festival. It used to be really excited to participate in the rally in Thane on Gudi Padwa, wearing new clothes and greeting all my friends.
This year, celebrate Gudi Padwa with your family by being at your house and bring in the New Year with a smile.
Smita Saravade (Jyotsna from Sony SAB’s Bhakharwadi)
Gudi Padwa is a Maharashtrian festival and it is the start of the Maharashtrian year. It is the first day of the year and we believe in celebrating this joyous day with all the close family members and friends. This day we decorate the Gudi and place it on a high stick which branches out of the house. I love the details that goes into decorating the Gudi. I feel this festival is really an experience every kid must have. It is a great day for them to bond with their grandparents and parents.
We have a tradition to make shrikhand and puri at home from scratch and I have maintained this childhood tradition till now of making shrikhand and puri. This year as I am not shooting, I will be celebrating Gudi Padwa only with my family with no social gathering this year. A safe and a happy Gudi Padwa to everyone.
Sonali Naik ( Pushpa from Sony SAB’s Maddam Sir)
I have grown up watching my nani and mother celebrate Gudi Padwa with great pomp and show. On this day we go shopping, decorate the house and Gudi Padwa is one festival that is really close to my heart. I have some beautiful memories attached to this day, from finding a pretty saree for the Gudi with my mother and sister, to fighting with my elder sister on who can clean the brass utensil better for the Gudi.
The legacy of my family continues as every year I decorate the Gudi along with my daughter as I want to pass on all the family traditions and the significance of this festival.
I make Puran Poli on this occasion for my daughter and husband. My in-laws have the tradition of making Puran Poli but my mother used to make shrikhand which we all used to make from scratch. I used to secretly taste the shrikhand.
To all my fans, celebrate this festival with full of love and devotion. Even during such a testing times in our world right now, take this day to spread happiness and spend time with your family at home.