Thursday, 14 February 2013

Ugadi, Indian New Year Festival. Ugadi 2013 Date, Different Names of Ugadi Festival, Importance and Significance of Ugadi Festival

Ugadi is an Indian New Year Festival which is celebrated on the day of Chaitra Masa(March/April) Shukla Paksha Padyami(Thithi) as per the Hindu Lunar Calendar. This festival is mainly celebrated in the southern part of India, Maharastra, Rajasthan, Punjab, Manipur. This year 2013, the festival will be celebrated on April 11, 2013(Thursday)

Ugadi Festival is the Telugu New Year's Festival. Each Telugu Year has a specific name as per Telugu 60 year calender. Telugu New year Name for the year 2013 is "Vijaya Nama Samvatsara"
UGADI FESTIVAL 2014

ఉగాది(Ugadi) /గుడి పాడ్వ (Gudi Padwa) 2013

Wishes from SrivariCollections to you and your Family on this auspicious festival Ugadi 2013. May the festival bring you lots of Health & Happiness throughout the year & GOD Blesses


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Importance and Significance of Ugadi Festival: 
The name Ugadi derived from "Yuga + Aadi" which means "Beginning of a New Age". According to Hinduism, it is beleved that Lord Brahma(Creator of the World) started his work of creation on Chaitra Suddha Padyami(the day of Ugadi).

According to Sage Valmiki Ramayanam, Lord Sri Rama had killed the demon Ravana on the day previous to Ugadi falling on new moon day(Amavasya) of  Phalguna Masa. To commemorate the victory, the festival is celebrated on the next day indicating the beginning of New Era.

On the Ugadi festival , people wake up before dawn, take holy bath, wear new clothes, decorate in front of their houses with colourful Rangoli, decorate doors and windows with strings of Mango Leaves, preparing unique Ugadi Special dish popularly called as "Ugadi Pachadi".

Significance of Ugadi Pachadi:
The Ugadi Pachadi is a Special mixture of Six tastes i.e., Bitter(Neem), Sweet(Jaggery), Sour(Tamarind), Salty(Salt), Spicy(Green Chilli) and Tang(raw Mango). It signifies that the life is a combination of different experiences(Sadness, Happiness, Disgust, Fear, Anger and Surprise) which has to be accepted together with equanimity.

Traditions and Customs of Ugadi Festival:
In Andhrapradesh and Karnataka, People listen Panchanga Sravanam, Poetry recitations, honouring and recognition of authors of literary, conducting of cultural programs and Kavi Sammelana and more.

In Maharastra, the festival is celebrated as GUDI PADWA. Gudi means "Dwajam" and Padwa means "the first day of the new year". People of Maharastra erect a bamboo stick topped with upturned silver/copper pot decorated with flowers, coloured silk cloth and coconuts in front of their houses. It is worshipped as Brahma Dwajam/Indra Dwajam indicating invitation of all the deities to the house on this day and also symbolizes welcome the New Year with great Victory and Happiness.

Different Names of Ugadi Festival in Different parts of India:
State
Name of the Ugadi Festival (Called as)
Celebration day
Andhra Pradesh Ugadi(Telugu New Year's Day)
Chaitra Masa Suddha Padayami as per Lunar Calendar
Karnataka Yugadi Chaitra Masa Suddha Padayami as per Lunar Calendar
Tamilnadu Puthandu
(Varsha Pirappuv)
Mesha Sankranthi as per Solar Calendar (the day when Sun enters the Mesha Raasi In the Zodiac)
Kerala Vishu Mesha Sankranthi as per Solar Calendar (the day when Sun enters the Mesha Raasi In the Zodiac)
Maharastra Gudi Padwa Chaitra Masa Suddha Padayami as per Lunar Calendar
Rajasthan Thapna Chaitra Masa Suddha Padayami as per Lunar Calendar
Manipur Sajibu Nongma Panba           (Sajibu Cheiraba) Chaitra Masa Suddha Padayami as per Lunar Calendar
Punjab Baisakhi Chaitra Masa Suddha Padayami as per Lunar Calendar
Hindus of Bali and Indonesia Nyepi Chaitra Masa Suddha Padayami as per Lunar Calendar
Sindhis in India Cheti Chand Chaitra Masa Suddha Padayami as per Lunar Calendar
Rest of North India Chaitra Navaratri Chaitra Masa Suddha Padayami as per Lunar Calendar
The Ugadi festival is also celebrated in Mauritius.
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