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Gatari Amavasya is an important day in the Hindu calendar. It falls on the No Moon day in the ashada month of the Marathi calendar. This day is called the Ashada Amavasya. Typically, Gatari Amavasya usually falls in the months of July or August. It marks the arrival of the auspicious month of Shravan for Hindus. Gatari Amavasya 2017 falls on July 23. (ALSO SEE Shravan Month 2017 Maharashtra: Shravan Somwar Vrat Dates and Significance of This Holy Month) Gatari is primarily a celebration. Post the day of Gatari Amavasya, Hindu devotees abstain from non-vegetarian food and alcohol for the following 40 days. This is what makes Gatari the last day to enjoy their favorite non-vegetarian meals and drinks.

Gatari gets its name from the word ‘gutter’. It is a fun take on the possibility of people passing out in a gutter after drinking to one’s heart’s content on the day of Gatari. Gatari Amavasya is a day when you can see several people in Maharashtra (and some parts of Goa) partying the night away with their friends. Several bars and restaurants in the state have special Gatari offers which people try to make the most of.(DO SEE Hindu Calendar 2017: Month-wise list of auspicious Hindu days of 2017) One of the reasons for the abstinence during the month of Shravan is that it falls during the peak monsoon season which is considered to be a time when the stomach is susceptible to ailments. Checking one’s diet during this time is prudent. The month is also marked by several pujas and rituals performed by devotees to please the deities. Generally, it is considered good practice to avoid eating non-vegetarian food and consumption of alcohol during auspicious days and months. This makes Gatari Amavasya and important day for people to enjoy so that it gives them enough satisfaction to be able to abstain for the following month.


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