Ugadi marks the beginning of the New Year. This day is considered quite auspicious as new ventures take place and people pray for prosperity of their business. While it is known as Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Maharastrians call it Gudi Padwa.
Everyone wakes up before the break of dawn and takes an oil bath. Then the decorations begin as the entrance of the house is adorned with fresh mango leaves and coconuts that signify general well being of the entire family.
Floral designs are made on the floor and at the entrance of the house to mark the beginning of the New Year. This day is celebrated with great fanfare as families and friends come together to enjoy the delectable Ugadi treats. Eating of a specific mixture of six tastes is a must as it symbolizes that life is a mixture of different experiences.
Happy Ugadi! May you find your life partner during this festival of prosperity.
Quick Facts»The festival is known as Yugadi in Southern India. »Uga means era, aadi means start. Ugadi means the start of a new era. »The mixture contains Neem, Raw Mango, Tamarind Juice, Green Chilli, Jaggery and Salt.
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