Ugadi- Beginning of new year

Ugadi or Yugadi which is also called Gudi Parwa in Maharashtra marks the beginning of Hindu New Year. The word Yugadi is made up of two Sanskrit words ‘Yug’ and ‘adi’ where ‘yug’ means year and ‘adi’ means beginning, it is specially celebrated in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Importance of Ugadi: According to ancient beliefs the creator of the world Lord Brahma started creating Earth on this felicitous day. Bhaskaracharya, the great Indian mathematician also proclaimed that this day is the beginning of new day, new month and New Year. With Ugadi, starts the beautiful season of Vasant (spring) which spread beauty, fragrance and happiness all around. On this day people chant mantras and offer flowers to the Gods in the temples.

Celebrating Ugadi: Preparation of the festival starts a week before as people began washing and cleaning their houses and starts shopping new clothes. Families gather together to celebrate the festival in full festive mood. It is believed that New Year brings all type of days including happy, sad etc therefore a special mixture is prepared on this day having 6 different taste mixed together symbolizing all 6 kind of feelings that new year will bring. It consists of

• Neem Buds/Flowers for its bitterness, signifying Sadness

• Jaggery and ripe banana pieces for sweetness, signifying Happiness

• Green Chilli/Pepper for its hot taste, signifying Anger

• Salt for saltiness, signifying Fear

• Tamarind Juice for its sourness, signifying Disgust

• Unripened Mango for its tang, signifying Surprise

The day starts with taking spiritual oil bath and decorating houses with fresh mango leaves and entrance with colorful rangoli. Yugadi brings social merriment and religious zeal all around. This year Ugadi is on 21st of March. wishes you a very happy Ugadi and a very prosperous and merry new year ahead.

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