Ugadi (Yugadi) is the Telugu New year and Kannada New year. Ugadi means the beginning of an era. Hindus in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka celebrate their New Year as Ugadi. In Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka on Ugadhi day Ugadi Pachadi is prepared and distributed among the people.
In 2015, Ugadi date is March 21. It marks the beginning of Manmadha Nama Samvatsaram in Telugu & Kannada calendar (2015-2016 Hindu year).
The Shaka Panchangam (Saka calendar) starts on Chaitra Shudda Padyami, which is known as Ugadi. Sage Veda Vyasa described Ugadi day as the starting of Kaliyuga. It is believed that Kali Yuga began in the year 3102 BC.
Vasant Navratri or Chaitra Navaratri begins on Ugadi festival. Sri Ram Navami Navratras also start on Ugadi or Gudi Padwa. The ninth day after Ugadi, Ram Navami is celebrated. This day also marks the conclusion of Vasanta Navaratri Durga Puja.
Ugadi Pachchadi is the special recipe prepared on Ugadi day in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. This recipe signifies the combination of every aspect of life. Ugadi Panchanga Shravanam is done on Ugadi. Astrology predictions and yearly horoscopes are told by Brahmins on this day to common people.
Tamil New Year day is celebrated as Puthandu or Chithirai Vishu. Malayalam New Year day is Vishu. The main Malayalam New Year day is Chingam which is celebrated in August. Bengali New Year day is Baisakh or Poila Baisakh. Assamese New Year day is Bohag Bihu and Cheti Chand or Sindhi New year, Gudi Padwa in other parts of india.
In 2014, Ugadi date was March 31.
In 2013, Ugadi date is April 11. In 2012 Ugadi on 23 March 2012, Friday.
In 2012 Ugadi on 23 March 2012, Friday. Nandana nama Samvatsara Ugadi, marks the beginning of Nandana nama samvatsaram.