March 18, 2018

Ugadi subhakanshalu !
U-Uthsavam (Festival)
G-Gowaravam (Respect)
A-Anandham (Happiness)
D-Dhanam (Wealth)
I-Ishwaryam (Prosperity)

It’s Ugadi – The Telugu and Kannada New Year. The aroma of delicious puranpolis and Ugadi pacchadi (chutney) is diffusing in the air. Houses and streets are adorned with beautiful Rangolis and flowers . Little kids can be seen chuckling and running around in new clothes with sweets in their hands. The women of the house are seen busy cooking while the men are helping out with the decoration. The day began with the pooja after which the Ugadi pacchadi is served. The Ugadi pacchadi resembles the mixture of feelings in life : Neem buds/Flowers for bitterness , jaggery for sweetness and Raw mango for sourness. It is eaten on the day of Ugadi to remind ourselves that life is a mix of all these emotions and we should learn to accept it. The mats are laid on the floor with banana leaves in front of them for lunch to be served. The whole family has lunch together.
It is believed that the creator of the Hindu pantheon Lord Brahma started creation on this day – Chaitra suddha padhyami or the Ugadi day. Also the great Indian Mathematician Bhaskaracharya’s calculations proclaimed the Ugadi day from the sunrise on as the beginning of the New Year, new month and new day.
The onset of spring also marks a beginning of new life with plants (barren until now) acquiring new life, shoots and leaves. Spring is considered the first season of the year hence also heralding a new year and a new beginning. The vibrancy of life and verdant fields, meadows full of colorful blossoms signifies growth, prosperity and well-being. Let’s celebrate this new beginning together. A very happy Ugadi to everyone !

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