The Festival of all Flavours- Ugadi
Ugadi is celebrated as the New Year by the people of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka all over the world. It is considered as an auspicious day as it marks the beginning of the new month, Chaitra of a new year based on the Hindu calendar. People believe that Lord Brahma started creating the elements of the earth on this day.
Ugadi is not only celebrated by the people of Andhra and Karnataka but the day also is equally important for the people of Maharashtra. It is also the New Year for them but is known by a different name ‘Gudipadava’.
Ugadi is a festival which involves various rituals and customs. On this day, the people of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh celebrate their New Year with much devotion and enthusiasm. The day is filled with joy and happiness and one can find social gatherings which are an integral part of the celebration. People pray to God for prosperity and happiness in their life. The day is very holy and people believe that, you are sure to get success, if you venture into new things on this day. The celebration is marked by not only social merriment but also by religious spirit.
The preparation of the festival begins almost one week ahead of the day. People clean their houses; buy new clothes and gifts for the family members. The preparation of Ugadi involves a lot of excitement. It is the celebration time for the kids as they get to wear new clothes and get gifts from the elders. The children also participate equally to decorate their houses with mango leaves and rangolis.
On the Ugadi day, people follow various rituals. They start the day by taking bath and then visiting the temple. People chant mantras to seek blessings of the God so that they have a year of prosperity and happiness.
Apart from performing puja, in the morning there are other special rituals of this day. One such ritual is preparing a dish called UgadiPachadi, which is a mixture of all kinds of taste. This dish symbolises life which is a mixture of emotions. In Karnataka, raw mango is used to make holige and puliogure and similar dishes like pulihora and bobbatlu are prepared in Andhra Pradesh. In Maharashtra, people make puranpoli which is a sweet roti.
Another custom is to listen to KaviSammelanam where poetry is recited by the people. It is typical to Telugu community. People indulge themselves in literary feast as many new poets are given chance to showcase their talents.
The message of Ugadi festival is to rise above all: happiness and sorrow, failure and success. Whatever comes in your way, you should accept it as one’s own good. The festival gives you the power to deal with everything that comes in your way, good or bad, in the next year with all enthusiasm and positivity. and fills the life of everyone with joy and happiness.
Written By:- Ambika Patra