Ugadi is a festival celebrated as the New Year by Telugu people all over the world. Each Ugadi year has a specific name in the ‘Panchangam’, which is the astronomical calendar, based on astrological influences. The calendar includes 60-year names and every 60 years, one name cycle completes, and the names repeat in the next cycle. For example, the Telugu name for the year 2018 is ‘Vilambi’, which will repeat in 2078.
The preparations for Ugadi begin approximately one week ahead of the festival. A thorough cleaning of the house is done, and new clothes and gifts are bought for the family members. House entrances are also decorated with mango leaves and ‘muggulu’, which is an art form in which patterns are designed on the floor using colored rice, flour, and flower petals. This is believed to bring prosperity and success.
This day involves following various rituals and people visit temples and also prepare and share a special dish called pachadi. This dish is a festive food that combines all flavors – sweet, sour, salty, bitter - it is a symbolic reminder that one must expect all flavors of experiences in life.
We wish you all Ugadi Shubhakanshalu.