Ugadi in Karnataka
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Ugadi 2021

Ugadi 2021 Date

When: 13 April, 2021
Where: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka

The festival of Ugadi heralds the start of a New Year in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. In both states the festival is locally referred to as Telugu Panchang and Kannada Panchang, respectively. Ugadi comes from two words, 'Yuga' meaning 'era', and 'aadi' means 'the beginning’. People of Maharashtra also observe the same day as ‘Gudi Padwa’. Ugadi is believed to be the day when Brahma - the Creator, in the Hindu Trinity - formed the universe. It’s also the time when winter is on its way out, and spring’s round the corner, so the concept of new life and a new year is really very appropriate for Ugadi festival.

Ugadi Celebrations and Rituals

The people of Karnataka celebrate Ugadi festival with great devotion. Preparations for Ugadi begin a week in advance; homes are cleaned and decorated, new clothes are bought, and on the day of the festival itself, fresh mango leaves are strung up above doorways to denote prosperity in the New Year. Pujas and feasting are, as in almost all the other festivals of India, an important aspect of the celebrations.

Traditionally, reading literary works, poetic recitations, chanting of mantras, listening to the future predictions and hearing classical music are a part of the Ugadi celebration.

‘Panchanga Sravanam’, the religious almanac for the year to come, is the most observed ritual of Ugadi. Predictions for future are organised at temples. The day is considered to be auspicious to start new ventures.

Ugadi Festival Food

Special Delicacies ‘Ugadi Pacchadi’ is the traditional Ugadi recipe prepared by the people of Andhra Pradesh. It is a mixture of six tastes - Neem (bitter), Raw Mango (tangy), Tamarind Juice (sour), Green Chilli/Pepper (heat), Jaggery and ripe banana pieces (sweet), pinch of salt, which symbolize life as a blend of different experiences (sorrow, joy, anger, fear, disgust, surprise), which should be accepted together. The same is known as ‘Bevu Bella’ in Karnataka.

Sometimes, only neem leaves and jaggery are eaten and they signify sorrow and joy in life.

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