The festival of Ugadi will be celebrated on 18 March 2018. It is celebrated to welcome the new era. It is mainly in many parts of India like Maharashtra, Kashmir, Goa, etc. In Maharashtra, it is celebrated as Gudi Padwa. According to the Hindu Calendar, it is observed on the first day of Chaitra month. Various delicacies are being prepared according to the rituals. Read on to know more..
Ugadi is also written as Yugadi, but it is pronounced as Ugadi. Yugadi is a Sanskrit word, which is made of two different words, one is ‘Yuga’ and other is ‘Adi’. Yuga means year and Adi means Beginning. So, Yugadi means the beginning of the New Year. This is the reason that the festival of Ugadi is celebrated as a new beginning. There is a legend associated with the festival of Ugadi, let’s get to know about the story behind it.
It is said that Ugadi is the day when Lord Brahma created universe. Lord Brahma made days, months, and years on this auspicious occasion. So,the first day of this new start was named as Ugadi. This is why it is marked as the start of a new year indicating a new beginning.
Ugadi is said to be the change in lunar orbit and the beginning of lunar year in Hindu Calendar . After a long & shivering winter season, a new season of blossoms arrives, which marks the day of Ugadi festival.
So, on the occasion of Ugadi, Mother Nature is standing right in front of you with her arms wide open for a springful hug. The summer season is coming soon, let's celebrate the new beginning with Ugadi.
The first day of Hindu month, Chaitra is celebrated as Ugadi at Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. On this auspicious day of Ugadi, people usually wake up before the sunrise, take a sacred bath of oil, and wear new clothes. After this, people clean the whole house, and then decorate their homes and temples with mango leaves and jasmine flowers. People make rangolis at their gates to beautify their homes. All the members of family collectively worship the Almighty and seek blessings from him. After this, people offer holy water to the Lord Sun.
The New Year starts with blessings of God. It means that the whole year should pass as auspicious and happy as the day of Ugadi. Along with all these rituals, delicious food is also made to celebrate Ugadi. If you are going to celebrate Ugadi, you must know about the delicacies of this festival. These delicious and mouth watering delicacies will add a special feel to the Ugadi festival.
The festival of Ugadi has its special significance in terms of food too. There are certain delicacies that are served during this festival. First of all, people in Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh distribute jaggery and Neem together to symbolize that life is a mix of sweetness and bitterness together.
There is a particular dish, which denotes all the tastes of life. It is made up of jaggery, Neem buds, tamarind juice, and raw mangoes. This dish is known as Bevu Bella.
So, this was all about the celebrations & the delicious delicacies of Ugadi in Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh.Go ahead and celebrate Ugadi with wonderful celebrations and tasty delicacies. Let’s get to know about the celebration all around India.
The Pandits living in Kashmir celebrate New Year as Navreh festival. Navreh is a Sanskrit word, which means Nav Varsh in Hindi i.e New Year. On the night before Navreh, Kashmiri Pandits keep raw rice, bread, yogurt, flowers, almonds, walnuts, salt, sugar candy, silver coin, mirror, and Panchang in a plate. This plate is the first thing to see when they wake up. Kashmiri Hindu calendar’s Saptarshi Era is said to be started on this day.
Maharashtra and Goa celebrate the first day of Hindu month, Chaitra as Gudi Padwa. Gudi means temple and Padwa is the first day after Shukla Paksha (bright phase of Moon).
Kalash Sthapna is the main ritual of this festival. Kalasha is a copper bowl which is placed over a bamboo stick. This bamboo stick is wrapped with a silk cloth and known as ‘Gudi’. This Kalash signifies the nature’s gift to us. Women decorate their house with beautiful Rangolis and worship the Kalash.
Sweets and dishes are exchanged on this auspicious day. Gudi Padwa is also celebrated as the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. The ‘Gudi’ represents the flag which was kept outside every house in Lanka after the victory of Rama’s troop.