Ugadi (Yugadi) is the Telugu New year and Kannada New year. In 2018, Ugadi date is 18 March. Ugadi 2018 marks the beginning of Sri Vilamba nama Samvatsara (Vilambi Nama Samvatsaram) in Hindu Panchangam.
Ugadi or Yugadi means the beginning of an era. Hindus in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka celebrate their New Year as Ugadi whereas the people of Maharashtra celebrate it as Gudi Padwa.
Vasant Navratri or Chaitra Navaratri begins on Ugadi festival. Sri Ram Navami Navratras also begins on Ugadi or Gudi Padwa (Chaitra Shukla Pratipada). This day also marks the conclusion of Vasanta Navaratri Durga Puja.
Ugadi Pachchadi is the special recipe prepared on Ugadi day in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. It is known as ‘Bevu Bella’ in Kannada. This recipe signifies the combination of all aspects of life. While taking Ugadi Pachadi, this Ugadi Mantram is chanted in Telugu. While taking Bevu Bella, this Ugadi mantra is chanted in Kannada.
Ugadi Panchanga Shravanam is done on Ugadi. Astrology predictions and yearly horoscopes are told by Brahmins on this day to common people. A detailed article is published earlier on what to do on Ugadi – Ugadi rituals, Ugadi celebrations, Ugadi Pujas, etc,.
Ugadi in Other Countries
Ugadi 2018 date in Hawaii is – 18 March. As per PST, MST, CST and EST also Ugadi date in USA – 18 March 2017
Ugadi 2018 date in UK, Europe, UAE, Singapore and Malaysia is – 18 March 2017
As per WAU, SAU, NT, QSLND, NSW and ACT timezones, Ugadi 2018 date in Australia and New Zealand is – 18 March 2018.
Ugadi in Previous Years
In 2017, Ugadi date was 28 March. Ugadi 2017 marks the beginning of Sri Hemalamba nama Samvatsara (Hevilambi Nama Samvatsaram) in Hindu Panchangam. According to some calendars, 29 March was marked as Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana.