Ugadi 2022: Everything you need to know
Ugadi 2022: Ugadi, also known as Yugadi, is celebrated on the first day of the start of another year. Ugadi is mainly celebrated in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telengana. From floral designs on the floor to sumptuous meals depicting the cuisines of the states, Ugadi brings with it the freshness of a new year and people’s happiness. The first day of the month Chaitra of the Hindu lunisolar calendar is celebrated as Ugadi.
This year, Ugadi will be celebrated on April 2. Ugadi symbolizes that people should experience all flavors in the coming new year and bask in the goodness of life. We have selected the things you need to know about the festival:
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History of Ugadi: According to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma is believed to have started the creation of the universe on Ugadi. The first day of the nine-day festival which celebrates the nine forms of Goddess Durga – Chaitra Navratri – is celebrated as Ugadi to mark the beginning of the creation of mankind by Lord Brahma. In the 12th century, the Indian mathematician Bhaskaracharya identified Ugadi as the beginning of the new year, new month and new day.
Significance of Ugadi: Yugadi means the beginning of a year. Yuga means period and adi means the beginning of something. Yugadi marks the work of Lord Brahma to create the universe. It is also the festival that marks the arrival of spring and milder weather, after the harsh cold of winter. This joyful occasion is celebrated with happiness and conviviality with our loved ones.
How is Ugadi celebrated: Preparations for the Ugadi celebrations begin ahead of a festival week. People clean their houses and buy new clothes. The entrances to the houses are decorated with mango leaves. On the day of the festival, people sprinkle the areas around their houses with water mixed with cow dung. Then they decorate their floor with flowers and rangolis. After worshiping their gods, they welcome the new year. In many parts of South India, devotees start the day with an oil bath. Relatives also gather to celebrate.
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