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Hindu New Year celebrated in Mumbai

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Indian women dressed in traditional attire at a procession to celebrate 'Gudi Padwa' or the Maharashtrian new year in Mumbai on Monday, April 4. Gudi Padwa is the Hindu new year for the people of India's state of Maharashtra, that falls on the first day of the month of Chaitra according to the lunar calendar and is celebrated by dancing and singing on the occasion of Thanksgiving. This day marks the end of a harvest and the beginning of a new one, which for an agricultural community signifies the beginning of a New Year.

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People dressed in traditional attire dance during a procession to mark "Gudi Padwa," or Maharashtrian New Year, in Mumbai on Monday.

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Indians watch a procession during celebrations of 'Gudi Padwa' or the Maharashtrian new year in Mumbai on Monday.

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An Indian dressed up at a procession celebrates 'Gudi Padwa' or the Maharashtrian new year in Mumbai on Monday.

AFP reports that 'Gudi Padwa,' or the Maharashtrian new year, is the Hindu new year for the people of India's state of Maharashtra, that falls on the first day of the month of Chaitra according to the lunar calendar and is celebrated by dancing and singing on the occasion of Thanksgiving. This day marks the end of a harvest and the beginning of a new one, which for an agricultural community signifies the beginning of a New Year.