Ugadi Festival

Ugadi also known as Yugadi is the New Year Day according to Hindu Calender. Ugadi in the year 2020 is celebrated on the March 25th.

Ugadi is derived from the words, Yuga which means the era or year and aadi which means the beginning. It is also believed that Lord Brahma created the Universe on this day of Chaitra Shuddha Padhyami. It marks the arrival of the spring season.

Ugadi is widely celebrated across India even though the rituals and names of the festival vary slightly. In southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka it is known as Ugadi or Yugadi. In Tamil Nadu it is called Puthandu. In Maharashtra it is known as Gudi Padwa and Rajasthanis call it Thapna and Sindhis called it Cheti chand. Punjabis celebrate it as Baisakhi.

Ugadi calls for lot of celebrations in the family and special dishes are prepared for this day. The Ugadi Pachhadi of Andhra Pradesh is very famous which is a mixture of various items of differing tastes. In Karnataka region the Bevu Bella is famous during Ugadi. This is offered to everyone in the family as a ritual.

People also take the ritualistic oil bath in the morning and worship the Gods or visit a temple and offer special puja. After that the Panchanga Shravana which is the reading of the Panchanga for the new year takes place. This is usually done by the elder in the family.

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