Ugadi (Yugadi) is the Telugu New year and Kannada New year. In 2020, Ugadi date is March 25. Ugadi 2020 marks the beginning of Sri Sharvari nama Samvatsara (Sarvari 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 2020 date in Hawaii is – 25 March. As per PST, MST, CST and EST also Ugadi date in USA – 25 March 2020.
Ugadi 2020 date in UK, Europe, UAE, Singapore and Malaysia is – 25 March 2020.
As per WAU, SAU, NT, QSLND, NSW and ACT timezones, Ugadi 2020 date in Australia and New Zealand is – 25 March 2020.
Ugadi in Previous Years
In 2019, Ugadi date is April 6. Ugadi 2019 marks the beginning of Sri Vikari nama Samvatsara (Vikari Nama Samvatsaram) in Hindu Panchangam.
In 2018, Ugadi date is 18 March. Ugadi 2018 marks the beginning of Sri Vilamba nama Samvatsara (Vilambi Nama Samvatsaram) in Hindu Panchangam.
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.