Ugadi festival – Ugadi is a festival for Hindus, mainly celebrated in India in the month of March or April. It is considered as the New Year according to lunisolar calendar and Ugadi is the first day of the year.
Ugadi is derived From
The word Ugadi is derived from Sanskrit language, which is combination of two words ‘Yuga’ means ‘age’ and ‘Adi’ means ‘beginning’.
People who celebrates Ugadi
This festival is mainly celebrated in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra,Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Assam. On this auspicious day all the people of a family gather at one place and celebrate the festival.
Their is a belief that on this day Lord Brahma began creating the world and people mainly start new business, ventures, new organisations on this day so that which will bring them wealth, health and happiness through out the year.
Celebration of Ugadi
On this day people will wake early in the mornings and clean their houses and decorate their houses with mango leaves and the flowers. People will also take head baths in the early mornings and wear traditional clothes then make pooja’s after cleaning the ideals of god’s and goddess by offering the sweets, pachadi and food to the god. The total family worships the Panchanga by reading and listening them on this day so that their will be having special blessings on them from god.
Special Dishes of Ugadi
Bevu Bella/Pachadi is a special dish of this day. It is a mixture of all tastes like sweet, sour, bitter and spicy. Bevu Bella is prepared with Neem flowers, raw mango, salt, tamarind, chili powder and jaggery. This dish is consumed at first of all the food items and considered it very special for this day. This should be consumed by all the family members.
Thus Ugadi festival can be described as a new year to the Indian people.