Ugadi is the Lunar New Year’s Day which is widely celebrated in the southern part of India by people of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. This year it will be celebrated on April 6, 2019. Ugadi is celebrated as Gudi Padwa by the people of Maharashtra. Both the festivals are celebrated on the same day. Udagi which is literally translated as the start of the new calendar Yug (new) and adi (the beginning), falls on the first day of Chaitra- the first month in Hindi calendar.

Significance:

The date of Ugadi is based on the calculations of the position of the moon and the position of the Sun to divide the year into months and days. As history goes back from mythological times when Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe, began a series of wonderful creations, including that of the earth and all the life forms that live in it. The festival of Ugadi is celebrated to acknowledge that very day on which Lord Brahma started with the task. The day also marks the beginning of spring season, which is considered to be the first of all seasons, with plants, shoots, and leaves coming to life and therefore, the day is believed to set things rolling for a fresh and successful new beginning.

Puja Vidhi:

Devotees take oil bath early in the morning on Ugadi which is known as Abhyanga. Later on, they consume neem leaves which are an age-old traditional ritual and decorate their houses with mango leaves on the day of Ugadi. On the day of Ugadi, people prepare lip-smacking dishes which are called as Ugadi Pachadi or Bevu Bella. This delicious Ugadi dish is cooked with raw mango, neem, tamarind and jaggery. Ugadi celebrations end in the evening when people gather around to listen to the religious panchangam or almanac of the New Year.

Puja Timings:

Puja Tithi begins: 14:20 on April 5, 2019
Puja Tithi ends: 15:23 on April 6. 2019

Happy Ugadi 2019!