ugadi festival

Ugadi Festival

Hindu community people celebrates the festival of Ugadi or Yugadi. In 2015, Ugadi or Yugadi festival is celebrate on 21st March. After celebrating Holi (the festival of colors), in 2015, Ugadi will start the New Year and also brings good fortune for the people as every New Year does. As per Hindu calendar, Ugadi is considered as the New Year. Thus, every individual follows calendar according to his/her religion. Thus, National calendar also recognized as standard calendar.

The word Yugadi or Ugadi is derived from the Sanskrit language, thus, “Yuga” means “age” whereas the word ‘Adi’ stands for ‘beginning’. The complete word of Ugadi that means,” a fresh age of beginning”. When Ugadi occurs, the fragrance of flowers of jasmine can be felt everywhere in the environment. During the puja of Ugadi, flowers of Jasmine are used to worship. It is believed that, on this day Lord Brahma begin to create universe, so it is known as Ugadi.

In the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, this day is celebrated as Ugadi, in Kashmir as Navreh, in Punjab as Baisakhi, in Maharashtra as Gudi Padwa, in Tamil Nadu as Puthandu, In Kerala as Vishu, in Assam as Bohag Bihu and in Sindhi community it is celebrated as Cheti Chand. The New Year of Marathi, Telugu, Kashmir and Karnataka community occurs on the same day, for other communities, the day of New Year might be differing. During Chaitra (March) month, as per the Hindu Calendar New Year time is remaining same for everyone. The first day of Chaitra month indicates the New Year day as per Hindus.

Celebrations of Ugadi in 2015 will be excited same as every year, before you celebrate 2015 event of Ugadi, let’s know more about the facts of festival of New Year or Ugadi celebrations.

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2015 Ugadi festival: Rituals for the Ugadi

In India, each and every occasion has its own traditions and rituals to be followed. different rituals are followed on the day of Ugadi. It is highly believed that according to the Ugadi rituals, the festival preparations of this day starts prior two day of celebration of Ugadi. The excitement of this day is as similar to the New Year celebration day. Thus, it is the day of beginning of New Year.

According to the Ugadi rituals, every corner of the home is nicely cleaned. On the day of the Ugadi, everyone wakes up early in the morning and takes the bath of oil. After taking oil bath, people adorn their home by different ways, which includes hanging mango leaves, making Rangoli, etc. then, people visits to Temple and pray to God and chant Mantras, so, the new year brings blessings of Almighty and good fortune and good luck. After performing such puja then pandits tell the yearly horoscope or predict about their upcoming year. Reciting yearly horoscope as per the traditions is called as ‘Panchanga Sravanam’. Similarly for 2015 Ugadi, you should pursue the same rituals and you get to know about your upcoming year.

Therefore, many of the people believe in the Horoscope predictions, according to their birth details.

2015 Ugadi Festival: Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka

In South India, a state of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka celebrates New Year as Yugadi or Ugadi. In 2015, Ugadi will be celebrated on Monday, 21st March. As per Hindu calendar, on the first day of the month of Chaitra, the festival of Ugadi is celebrated. According to beliefs, on the day of Ugadi, Lord Brahma is formed the seven worlds. A new beginning starts from the day of Ugadi, for all the people. It is believed very auspicious to get know about the yearly predictions on this day. Therefore, this event is known as ‘Panchanga Sravanam’. On this day, homes are neatly cleaned, Rangolis are drwan in the home, and people wear new clothes and exchanged sweets and dry fruits with family and friends to welcome the New Year. On this auspicious day hanging the mango leaves on the main entrance door is considered positive. On this special day, some sweet are prepared they called as Holige or Obbattu.

2015 Ugadi Festival: Gudi Padwa celebrates in Maharashtra

In the state of Goa and Maharashtra, Gudi Padwa is celebrated as the Hindu New Year. A Gudi (bamboo stick) is covered with a cloth of silk and on the top of it copper bowl is placed. Then, it is decorated with neem leaves, vermilion, mango trees, flowers and turmeric. The day of Gudi Padwa not only celebrates as the day of New Year but it also signifies the Lord Rama’s Victory in the war against king of Lanka, Ravana. It is said that when Lord Rama won the war against the Ravana then his devotees kept this flag in every house front in Lanka to signify the victory. On the day of Ugadi, a special dish of mango is prepared. Shrikhand and Puran Poli are such other dishes which are made on this day. The day of Ugadi starts with a Lord Ganesha Temple visit, it is considered auspicious to begin anything fresh with the Lord Ganesh blessings. People excitedly wait for Gudi Padwa day to start new business and it is believed that people get success, if any new thing starts on this day. Kerala and Tamil Nadu celebrate this day as Vishu and Puthandu.

In Kerala, New Year or Ugadi is celebrated as Vishu and in Tamil Nadu this day is celebrated as Varusha Pirappu or Puthandu Dhinam.  The day starts by making Rangolis and wearing new dress and performing worship to the God. “Vishukkani” is one of the main rituals which are followed in the community of Malayalam. Vishukkani ritual means the thing you see first on the auspicious day of Vishu. It is highly believed that, if first thing is an auspicious one then, that complete year will turn out to be a favorable one. Also, a collection of vegetables and fruits called as Vishu Kani is brought for the puja purpose.

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Kashmir celebrates Navreh

In Kashmir, New Year is celebrated as Navreh. The word Navreh means the first day of the year i.e. New Year. According to rituals of Navreh, a plate filled with curd, pen, rice, jantri, walnuts and coins is put in the mid of the house the prior night of New Year. On Navreh (the next day), puja starts with the plate which is placed on previous night.

2015 Ugadi Festival Celebrations

After completing 2015 Ugadi rituals, now you may celebrate and enjoy the first day of year i.e. New Year. At some temples, the poetic recitation programs (Kavi Sammelans) are arranged, wherein various poets are come and show their skill and talent of poetry. Ugadi is also called as the “festival of poets”. At some places these events are organized on a big scale and the good poet is awarded, various musical, folk dance and cultural events are also organized.

2015 Ugadi Festival: Special dish for this auspicious day

As every occasion has special dishes to be prepared for the day, similarly, some special dishes are made to completing the 2015 Ugadi celebrations. In Telugu language, Ugadi Pachadi is the name of special dish which is made on the auspicious day of Ugadi.

Ugadi Pachadi is the name of dish is prepared by combination of six ingredients. Mixing of six different ingredients in single dish give message that life is also a combination of so many things altogether and individual has to accept each and every taste of life. The first dish made on this day of Ugadi is taken as a food on this day.

Ingredients that are mixed to prepare in this dish denotes the different tastes of life. Some ingredients are as follows and their relation to the different phases of life:

  1. Neem Buds: neem buds signify the sadness of life, neem buds are bitter in taste.
  2. Salt: salt signify the salty moments in life.
  3. Jaggery: jaggery signifies happy and sweet moments of life.
  4. Pepper or Chilli: it signifies the aggressive and temperament face of life.
  5. Unripened mango: Unripened mango signifies spiciness in the life.
  6. Tamarind extract: Tamarind extract signifies the sourness of life.

There are some other special dishes that are made in different parts of India like in Andhra Pradesh “Bobattu” and in Karnataka “Obbattu” is prepared.

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We hope that these above informations are useful in understanding the importance of New Year day which is popular in many other names in different community and states. We wish you a very Happy Gudi Padwa 2015, Ugadi 2015, Varusha Pirappu 2015, Vishu 2015, Bohaag Bihu 2015, Baisakhi 2015, Cheti Chand 2015 and Navreh 2015!

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Category: Festival 2015

Created: Tuesday, March 31 2015
Author: Lokesh Jagirdar

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