Ugadi Festival in 2013

Ugadi Festival in 2013:

Ugadi Date 2013
When: 11th Apri 2013
Where: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka

The festival of Ugadi marks the beginning of a new year in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. In both states the festival is locally called Telugu and Kannada Panchang Panchang, respectively. Ugadi comes from two words, "Yuga" which means "age" and "aadi" means "the beginning." The people of Maharashtra also observe the same day as "Gudi Padwa". Ugadi is considered the day when Brahma - the Creator, in the Hindu Trinity - formed the universe. This is also the time when winter is on its way, and spring round the corner, so that the concept of new life and a new year is really appropriate.

Ugadi Celebrations and Rituals

The people of Karnataka to celebrate the festival with great devotion. Preparations for Ugadi begin a week in advance, houses are cleaned and decorated, new clothes are purchased, and the day of the festival itself, fresh mango leaves are hung above the door to denote prosperity for the new year. Pujas and feasting are, as in almost all other festivals of India, an important aspect of the celebrations.

Traditionally, reading literary works, poetry recitations, chanting of mantras, listening to the forecasts for the future and hear classical music part of the celebration.

"Panchanga Sravanam" religious Almanac for the year to come, is the most observed ritual Ugadi. Predictions for the future are held in the temples. The day is considered auspicious to start new ventures.

Ugadi Food Festival

Special delicacies "Ugadi Pacchadi is the traditional recipe Ugadi prepared by the people of Andhra Pradesh. It is a mixture of six tastes - Neem (bitter), Raw Mango (spicy), tamarind juice (sour) Green Chilli / Pepper (heat), jaggery and ripe banana pieces (sweet), a pinch of salt, which symbolize life as a mixture of different experiences (sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise), which should be accepted together. The same is known as "Bella Bevu in Karnataka. Sometimes, only neem leaves and jaggery are eaten and they mean sadness and joy in.

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