Ugaddi – Explore the culture of Karnataka glory during the Ugadi celebrations.
India is a country with different festivals that are celebrated with zeal and excitement. Another auspicious festival of Ugaddi is celebrated with utmost joy and enthusiasm in Karnataka. Ugaddi is observed on the first day of Chaitra which is according to the Hindu Lunisolar calendar. One may be surprised to know that Ugaddi originated from the Sanskrit words – Yuga and Aadi which means – a new beginning. It is believed that Ugadi was the first day of universe creation. As per mythology, Lord Brahma creates the Universe on this day and then consecutively – days, weeks, months and years.
The Ugadi festival is celebrated to welcome abundance, prosperity and happiness. The festival holds a special place in the Hindu calendar. As it marks the onset of nature’s annual cycle and the onset of the spring season. This day, farmer’s families prepare for the new season and wish to almighty for plentiful produce. This time is also considered a sacred time to undertake new ventures. The preparations of day-long festivities usually begin the day in advance. People from different spheres of society start the day with an oil bath and wearing new traditional clothes. It is time to consider new ventures.
The preparations of these day-long festivities begin a few days in advance. Devotees clean their houses which are followed by prayers and offerings. The entire family workship the Panchganga and prays for a prosperous year ahead. Indra Dhwaja is worshipped as well on this holy day.
Devotees celebrate this day by participating in different cultural and religious gatherings. Ladies prepare a grand feast for family and friends. There is a special delicacy that also capture the essence. This dish is combining jaggery, raw mango and pepper and salt. This dish signifies the human emotions that suggest that coming year will be filled with sweet-bitter experiences.
People draw colourful patterns which are made with flowers and rice popularly known as rangoli in front of their houses. They are known for their religious significance and lively cultural offerings. The festival of Ugaddi brings colors of joy, hope and prosperity to people’s lives.
In a country like India, good food plays an important role. People in India associate festivals with grand feasts. Special delicacies are prepared by mixing different ingredients and flavours. There is the preparation of the tender neem leaves, red chili powder, and tamarind pulp. Raw mango, jaggery and salt. There are other delicacies like Holige or Obattu and Puliogure.
Devotees prepare savoury desserts like payassam, Obattu (jaggery-based dessert), and Borelu (made from Bengal gram), jaggery, and coconut. They also prepare famous Mysore paak, Semiya, Payassam, and Aval Payassam.
Ugadi teaches theirs devotes a to leave the past a d embraces the new beginning of life with positivity. This festival signifies peace, happiness and prosperity. This is Karnataka’s most significant festival that comes with age-old rituals, vibrant decorations, and authentic savouries.
This festival teaches the devotes to leave the past and embrace the new beginning of life with positivity. This festival signifies peace, happiness and prosperity.