Ugadi is the new year’s day for the people of Andhra Pradesh and also for the Telugu people all over the World. Ugadi marks the beginning of the Telugu New Year. It also brings happiness with the onset of ‘Vasanth Ruthu’. Ugadi makes the first day of the Telugu New Year. Chaitram is the first month in Panchagam which is the Indian calender. This day comes in March or April as English calender. Lunar calender house a sixty year cycle and starts the new year on Ugadi i.e. on “Chaitra Suddha Padyami”. After completion of sixty years the calender starts a new with the first year.
Ugadi is the most important festival for Hindus. According chandramana Ugadi is celebrated on the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha) of the month. Chaitramasa in the first month and first season of the year. It signifies the onset of spring and the end of the winter season. All these important elements are present, this day has special significance marking the commencement of a new year. It is believed that Lord Brahma, the creator of the Universe starts creation on this day. This means that Uagadi is the new year, new month and new day. Lord Brahma created days, nights, months, years and seasons.
Member of the houses take oil bath before praying after that they take ugadi prasadam. The eating of a specific mixture of six tastes called Ugadi Pachadi. Ugadi Pachadi made with raw mango, neem flowers, jaggery, tamarind pulp, green chilli and mixed with salt. The eating of specific mixture of six tastes called Ugadi Pachadi. The significance of these food is as follows neem – bitter ness, raw mango – tang, jaggery – sweet ness, green chilli – spice, tamarind pulp – sour ness, salt – uppu. It is symobolizes the fact that life is a mixture of different experiences (happiness, sadness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise) which should be accepted together and with equanimity.
On the festival day the entrance of the houses and pooja rooms are decorated with flowers and mango leaves. They worship the God and eat special recipes of Ugadi, in the evening they go to the temple and listen ‘Panchaga Shravanam’ by priests or pandits. Priests tell how will be that year goes on . The special recipes of Ugadi festival are ‘Mango Pulihora or Tamarind Pulihora’, ‘Bobbatlu’ or ‘Purnalu’, Sweet Pongali, Garelu. The festival lunch would almost be same every year with few alterations or addings.
Wishing all the viewers a Happy Ugadi in advance. May this Ugadi brings happiness and joy to you and your family.