Ugadi heralding the New Year

27 Mar

How and why is Ugadi celebrated?

Ugadi is celebrated as the new year of the people of southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Yuga and Adi when put together sound as Yugadi. ‘Yuga” is a timespan, in this context it means an year. “Adi’ means beginning. So, the name Ugadi, refers to the beginning of new year and is so celebrated by these people.

          The celebration of Ugadi mainly includes doing puja,  preparation of naivedya (offering to god), preparation and having of Ugadi paccadi (Chutney), and panchanga (alamnac) reading.. People celebrating Ugadi buy new clothes for the festival, take oil bath, eat Ugadi paccadi and do panchanga reading..

Ugadi paccadi is prepared specifically on this day and each of us needs to have it as part of the ritual. There is an understanding behind the recipe of Ugadi paccadi. The Ugadi Paccadi is consumed  on an empty stomach. The i Paccadi is special in its composition of  six diverse  tastes, comprising mandatorily jaggery, flowers of neem,raw  mango. A popular  belief is that the diverse tastes enable us to face different obstacles in the year.

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4 Responses to “Ugadi heralding the New Year”

  1. सौरभ भारती May 21, 2009 at 5:32 pm #

    अच्छा लगा उगादी जैसे बड़े पर्व का इतिहास और महत्व पढकर। अगर आप इनका तेलुगू में अनुवाद करके अंग्रेज़ी के साथ ही छाप दें तो और भी अच्छा रहेगा।
    indianmythology.com में भी कहानियाँ अंग्रेज़ी में हैं। उनको तेलुगू में भी लिखने से बहुत अच्छा लगेगा।

    • vneelima May 22, 2009 at 3:09 am #

      Thanks for your words. We are planning to make the stories in the website and the blog multilingual very soon.

      • d May 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

        🙂

  2. ugadi wallpapers February 16, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    Very good blog. very nostalgic

    Keep it up

    Cheers
    prasad

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