The Indian calendar has great significance not just culturally but scientifically also, as it connects you with the movement of the planets. Ugadi is celebrated as the first day of the year by people of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. On this day new Samvatsara starts.Ugadi is celebrated as Gudi Padwa by the people of Maharashtra. The nine day long spring festival of Vasanta Navratri begins on this day and concludes on Ramnavami in Northern and Eastern India.
Ugadi is New Year according to Luni-Solar calendar, which consider the position of the Moon and the Sun to divide the year into months and days.
The popular legend associated with the festival is that the Lord Brahma started creation of the vast universe on the auspicious day of Ugadi. He created the days, weeks, months and years in order to count time .
Mother Nature awakes from her deep slumber as Spring season starts to give birth to new plants and cover earth in a blanket of green. As spring accompanies new life on earth, this festival of New Year accompanies a feeling of joy, growth and prosperity.
Most people also decorate their homes and pooja rooms with flowers and mango leaves. There is an interesting legend behind the practice of decorating the houses with mango leaves.The legend goes that Katikeya and Ganesha, the sons of Lord Shiva and Parvati loved eating mangoes. Kartikeya urged people to tie fresh leaves of mango tree to the doorway in order to indicate a good yield.
The day begins with oil bath followed by prayers. AathuPerumal is worshiped on this day. Ladies make beautiful rangolis outside their houses. In the evening Poetry recitation on Ugadi is organized in which people participate with their poems about the well wishing of othersat the beginning of this new year. The main item prepared during the festival of is Bevu Bella. It is actually a paste made from jaggery, neem buds, tamarind juice and raw mango. All the ingredients are ground together to make a fine paste. The connotation of this item is that it indicates all the tastes of life. The bitter, sweet, tangy and sour tastes remind us the basic fact that life is a mixture of happy and sad events and we must stay ready to accept everything in life.
Apart from , several other dishes are also prepared to celebrate the festival. Among the famous dishes cooked in Karnataka during this occasion are puliogure and holige (obbattu). Make this New Year a possibility for you to make out this spirituality in every human being and their relationship with nature.Enjoy life and all the understanding it offers! HAPPY UGADI !