Ugadi is the time of the year when people of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana usher New Year in festive spirits. Ugadi - a celebration of the oncoming New Year, falls in the Chaitra month of the Hindu calendar, that loosely corresponds to the months of March-April according to the Gregorian calendar. The term Ugadi is said to originate from the Sanskrit word Yugadi, that is a confluence of the term Yuga (era; period) and Adi (the beginning). Yugadi, or Ugadi then literally means the beginning of a new (year) period.
The festival of Ugadi also finds its mention in Hindu mythology, one related particularly to Lord Brahma. It is believed that it was on the Ugadi day that Lord Brahma began creating the Universe. Hence, Ugadi is considered to be the first day of the process of creation of the universe. Ugadi also coincides with the advent of spring and the harvest season and is celebrated along with harvest and New year festivals in other parts of the country, like Punjab, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Assam and Tamil Nadu.
Ugadi Festival Preparations
The celebrations for Ugadi start a few days before the actual day, as people begin to clean and wash their houses. They buy new clothes for the family. Families make preparations for the unique cuisines to be cooked on the day.
Ugadi 2020 Date: 25 March 2020
Celebration of Ugadi
Ugadi is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and fervour. On the day of the celebrations, people often wake up before sunrise and take an oil bath, and the gods and goddesses are also anointed with an oil-bath, before being worshipped. Front doors of houses, offices and shops are beautifully decorated with flowers and Torans, and colourful floral patterns or rangolis are commonly painted in front of homes. People wear their new clothes and go to the temples to worship the Sun God before consuming Bevu Bella, or Ugadi Pachadi, a very auspicious and significant dish of the festival. An important ritual during Ugadi is the Panchanga Sravanam or reading the Panchanga, read either by the priests at temples or by the eldest family member at home. Because of how auspicious the day is, Ugadi is considered the best time to start new ventures and take on new things.