Ugadi is a popular festival in South India. It marks the first day of the new year in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana. This day, which falls near the vernal or vernal equinox, plays a vital role in the cultural heritage of these parts of India.
The day is celebrated using traditional rituals, decorations and food. Ugadi heralds a new beginning and gives a sense of completion as it also marks the end of the previous year. There is much that one can know about this festival.
What is Ugadi?
It is a nine-day festival that marks the beginning of the new year in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana. The new year marks the creation of the universe by Lord Brahma, according to Hindu mythology.
When is it celebrated?
The first day of the month of Chaitra, which begins the Hindu lunisolar calendar, is celebrated as Ugadi. This year, Ugadi is celebrated on April 2. The festival coincides with the Gudi Padwa festival of Maharashtra.
What is the history of Ugadi?
According to Hindu mythology, the universe was created by Lord Brahma. People believe that Lord Brahma started the creation of the universe on the day of Ugadi. On the first day of the festival, the nine forms of goddess Durga are worshiped and celebrated.
Why is Ugadi important?
Ugadi or Yugadi literally means the beginning. Yuga means “period” and adi means the “beginning of something”. Like any other New Year’s Day, Ugadi marks a new beginning for people. The day is celebrated to welcome the new year with the joys and blessings of the gods. People celebrate the day by following rituals such as oil baths, house cleaning and worship. Preparations start a week before the day of the festival.