Gurupurnima is celebrated not only in India but in places like Nepal and Bhutan as well. It falls in the month of July. Purnima refers to full moon night and Guru Purnima is celebrated in order to thank teachers. Guru in Sanskrit translates to teacher. Further broken down, in Sanskrit, Gu stands for darkness and Ru stands for remover. A teacher in Hinduism and Buddhism alike is considered to be equivalent to God. While a lot of people celebrate it in various ways, celebrations in Maharashtra signify the relationship between the teacher and the student. Also Read - Horoscope Today, March 3, 2021: Relaxing Day For Aries, Pisces to Get Appreciation at Work
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Not only is it a day to thank and celebrate teachers in schools and colleges, it is considered to be a day when people thank each and every individual who has taught them in some way or another. In Maharashtra, there were various saints, sages and preachers whose life lessons are followed to this day. These gurus are thanked by reciting and narrating their works of teachings during community get-togethers.
A lot of people visit their teachers and offer gifts as thanksgiving. Some others also visit temples and offer flowers and sweets to God.
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