Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Diwali Day 5: पडवा Padwa

Today is Diwalicha Padwa or the first day of the new Vikram Samvat year (2065). It is also known as Balipratipada or the day on which Vishnu in the Waman Avatar banished King Bali to the Patal Lok. All the rituals of Abhyanga Snan are repeated to celebrate the New Year.

This day is also the day when the Marathi Manoos reemphasises his love for his Bayko (Wife) by giving her a gift (90% chances of it being a Sari) after the customary Owalni.

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