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Ugadi: Festival of Prayers and Colors

Ugadi also known as Yugadi is an Indian festival which is mainly celebrated in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra. The name Ugadi is derived by combining of two Sanskrit words such as ‘yuga’-age and ‘adi’-beginning that describes the beginning of a new age. Yugadi refers to the start of an age we are living in now, the Kali Yuga which began when Lord Krishna left the world.

There are several rituals and customs associated with this festival. But do you know the significance of Ugadi? Here’s why this festival is celebrated. According to the traditions and rituals, preparations for the day of Ugadi begins a day or two prior to the actual date with ritualistic washing and cleaning of the houses. Shopping for decorative items and new clothes to wear on the day is also an important custom. The decoration of Ugadi includes mango leaves and rangoli making. People perform the ritualistic worship for good health and prosperity in the morning. These days’ people also prefer to hold poetry recitals. The Ugdi- cuisine includes dishes such as Pulihora and Bobbatlu, though the Ugadi Pachchadi is the typical dish associated with the festival. Ugadi Pachchadi is prepared with jaggery, raw mangoes, neem flower and raw tamarind. Ugadi is not just a festival but a tool to bring life to a state of enthusiasm and excitement.


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