Ugadi is celebrated as the beginning of a new year, especially among citizens of Karnataka, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh. Usually, it falls in March or April or on the first day of Chaitra, as the Hindu lunisolar calendar suggests.
People belonging to different spheres of society take part in the celebrations and pray for prosperity and good fortune. They believe that besides symbolising the beginning of a new year, Ugadi also signifies the start of a new phase in their lives.
Now to know more about this festival in detail and ways to celebrate Ugadi Holidays in 2022, keep on reading!
As mentioned earlier, Ugadi usually falls sometime during March or April, according to the Gregorian calendar. In 2022, the celebration of Ugadi will take place on April 13, Wednesday.
Since the cold days start fading gradually after this time and the warm weather of Spring starts setting in, people consider it a time for new beginnings. Now, let’s understand the history behind this auspicious festival.
The term Ugadi has come from Yugadi, which is a Sanskrit word. Yuga denotes ‘period or age’, while Adi means ‘the beginning’. Therefore, the literal translation of Ugadi will be ‘the emergence of a new age or period’.
There is also an age-old mythological belief associated with Ugadi. Some believe that on this day, Lord Brahma started creating the universe. After that, he went on creating days, weeks, and years in order to keep track of time.
The way people celebrate this spring festival with so much enthusiasm and fervour, clearly indicates how relevant it still is in today’s time and age. So, before you start enjoying your Ugadi Holidays in 2022, let’s dive a little deeper into the spiritual aspects of this festival.
This festival is celebrated to commemorate the auspicious day Brahma started creating the universe. However, there is another reason to celebrate this year with such pomp and grandeur. Ugadi is also the day Lord Ram, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, was crowned as the king of Ayodhya. For devotees, this day symbolises the victory of good over evil, and Ugadi remains the most sacred occasion.
From waking up before sunrise to cooking special cuisines, there are so many preparations people take part in to celebrate the spirit of this spring festival. People in southern states start the preparations a week in advance.
The houses are thoroughly cleaned, and front doors of every house get decorated with flowers and a string of neem and mango leaves. You can also see floral patterns or rangolis made at the entrances. All the family members, decked up in new clothes, visit the temples and listen to Panchanga.
Apart from that, family members and close friends exchange gifts; they even participate in cultural events, customary food preparations, etc.
Due to being one of the pious days of the year, Ugadi witnesses the beginning of so many new ventures. Even though these customs and traditions differ across various regions, everyone can take part in the celebration of this spring festival. So, to make the most of your Ugadi holidays in 2022, immerse yourself in the rich history of it, and visit the southern states to celebrate it better!
This is a special customary food containing ingredients like ram mango, jaggery, tamarind juice, neem buds, etc. It captures the true essence of this auspicious day, and devotees have it after worshipping the idol.
Yes, Ugadi is also the day on which Lord Krishna left the planet, as per Hindu beliefs. According to devotees, it is the beginning of Kali Yoga. And, many of them celebrate this day to commemorate the departure of Lord Krishna as well.
Panchanga Shravanam is basically listening to Panchanga, which is the forecast for the new year. The priests or pandits usually read it at temples; however, the eldest member of a family can also read it on this day.
While Ugadi falls on April 13, this year, other bank holidays across different regions for that month will be:
A very popular dish made on this day is Ugadi Pachadi, which contains six different tastes, such as spicy, sweet, sour, salty, bitter and astringent. Apart from that, some famous dishes are Poornam Boorelu, Thayir Sadam, Sakkarai Pongal, etc.
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