The month of April marks the beginning of regional New Year celebrations in India. As our country is diverse in its rich culture and practices, we can witness a variety of festivals. Ugadi, New Year’s day for Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana is one of the first regional celebration of this season.
Ugadi is observed to celebrate the beginning of summer- the shining sun, new leaves and thus regaining of nature. This is why Ugadi is referred to as the birth of new era. Although, a mythological theory which says Lord Brahma, the God of creation started the genesis of life on this day is widely accepted too.
It is celebrated across the globe with great enthusiasm and spiritualism. Since so many different Indian states celebrate on the same day it has different regional names; Ugadi in Andhra, Gudi Padwa in Marathi, Thapna in Rajasthan, and Cheti Chand by Sindhis. This festival is also celebrated in foreign countries like Singapore and Indonesia by many migrant Indian communities.
FOOD AND DECOR
As it’s the season of fresh mangoes and jasmine, garlands made of fresh jasmine and Neem leaves are tied on the entrances of every house. It serves not only as a decorative element but as a protectant against airborne diseases and heals the mind with soft fragrance.
Mango pachchadi is an ugadi staple, it’s a dish made up of 6 ingredients each symbolizing different tastes. This is to remind people that life is a mixture of happy and sad events and one has to accept the sad truths and move on.
To conclude, Ugadi is an important Indian festival to grace nature and new beginnings. And this year, it falls on the 13th of April.
We wish you and your family a very happy Ugadi, let this year filled with positivity and gratitude.
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