For the first time in the history of the republic, Parliament will celebrate the Hindu New Year, also known asGudi Padwa, News18 has reported. A function will be organised on this occasion, hosted by speaker Sumitra Mahajan, and members of both the houses will be invited to attend the celebrations.

Ugadi and Gudi padwa is celebrated as New Year’s Day in mid-southern states of India Andhra pradesh, Karnataka, Konkan, Maharashtra and Telangana . The name Ugadi is derived from the name “Yuga Adi”, which means ‘the beginning of a new age’. It is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu month Chaitra, which marks the onset of spring. It is believed that Lord Brahma, the creator according to Hindu tradition, began creation on this day. Preparations begin well ahead of the festival. Houses are given a thorough cleaning, people don new clothes and special dishes are prepared, with six flavors.

Parliament is scheduled to function normally despite the celebrations, and the members will be invited for lunch during the day break to avoid any disruption to proceedings of the two houses.

According to the channel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be part of the celebration. Because the Prime Minister and other members will start a nine-day fast today (28 March) to mark the Chaitra Navratri, special arrangements will be made for them.

The discussion on GST bills, the News18 report says, was shifted from 28 March to 29 March in view of the celebration.