Ugadi or Yugadi in Sanskrit means “beginning of the new age”. The first day of the lunar month, Chaitra is considered to be the auspicious day for the festival’s commemoration. It is a day marking the start of the New Year for the people of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka where this fiesta is celebrated with extreme entertainment and vehemence. It also greets the start of spring with new leaves and buds blooming beautifully thereby creating a spiritual festive mood amongst all. This day signifies two myths; some say it is the day Lord Brahma, the creator of the world started his creation and few others believe the day to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu as Matsya Avatar.
Be the reason be blended over mythological views, Ugadi gathers the huge attention of people and media as well. Preparation for this festival is planned a week before its commencement with houses cleaned, traditional dresses purchased and with other necessary items procured for decorating the residences. On Ugadi, people wake up before dawn; give a massage to their body and head with Sesame oil and post bathing, starts decorating the entrance of their houses with fresh mango leaves as Lord Kartikeya and Ganesha were very fond of mangoes and tying it on the doorway depicts prosperity and well-being.
This day is also marked by social merriment by preparing delicious dishes and greeting their neighbors with it. In Andhra Pradesh, edibles like Pulihora, Bobbatlu and Ugadi Pachadi are made. The Ugadi Pachadi is nothing but Chutney of six basic delicacies comprising Neem flowers, Jaggery, Green Chilli, Salt, Tamarind and tender Mango seeds each signifying a feeling or emotion with neem flowers denoting sadness, jaggery- happiness, green chilli- anger, salt- fear, tamarind- disgust and mango seeds- surprise. Later, people gather and sit around to listen to Panchanga Sravanam where the elderly will read the almanac.
Some visit temples as well to pray for prosperity and happiness in the New Year. If you are planning to site this festival to know more about its celebration and to get yourselves involved in its rhyme, I suggest you head towards Vijayawada or Hyderabad where it is commemorated with huge zeal and fervor. So, make your bookings only with ticketgoose.com!