The first Full Moon of the Spring noted as the beginning of the Lunar new year and this day is celebrate as Ugadi. Based on the Gregorian Calendar, it usually falls on March or April in every year. The term Ugadi is coined from the Sanskrit words “Yuga” meaning ‘age’ and “Adi” meaning ‘the beginning’.

Ugadi in 2020 will be celebrated on Wednesday, 25th March. It is also called as Yugadi, Chandramana Varsha Thodaku, Chandramana Ugadi, and Vatsara Arambha.
Then, they pray for good health and prosperity in the coming year. It has become a custom to hold Poetry recitals this day. The Ugadi day is also considered to be an auspicious time period to start any new ventures.

Ugadi will be celebrated with great pomp and show. There are a set of traditions that are observed on this special day. Read further to catch a glimpse of the celebrations and major events that take place throughout the country and also in some places overseas.

How to celebrate?

Kannada people prepare for this festive by cleaning and washing their houses and buying new clothes for their families. When the day dawns, they decorate their houses with mango leaves, flowers and rangolis. Poojas will be carried out at homes in which the idol would be cooled with clean oil and decorated with white jasmine flowers and clothes. After the prayer, people would take blessings from the elder members of their family who would apply vermilion on their forehead.

Special foods in ugadi:

There is a special type of foods that is prepared for this ugadi festival and is called the Bevu Bella. This recipe is a mix of Neem flowers or buds, green chilies, salt, tamarind juice and un-ripened mango that symbolize their happy and sadness.

Symbolism of Prasadam
  • Jaggery (sweet) – symbolise happiness
  • Tamarind(sour)- symbolise challenges
  • Neem flowers(bitter) – symbolise the difficulties
  • Raw mango(tangy) – symbolise surprises and new challenges
  • Chillis(spicy) – symbolise anger
  • Salt(salty) – symbolise interesting things in life.

Different names of Ugadi are

In Andhra, Telangana and Karnataka call it Ugadi or Yugadi,
Marathi people call the festival Gudi Padwa.
The Marvadi community in Rajasthan celebrate the day as Thapna.
The Sindhis on the other hand celebrate its as Cheti Chand.
The Manipuris celled the day Sajibu Nongma Panba.
The Hindu community in Indonesia celebrate the same day but known as different name like Nyepi.

Enjoy the ugadi function with your family and celebrate with limited number of peoples in this year!

Stay home! Be safe!

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