Ugadi is the celebration of Ney Year which is celebrated in the Indian state of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. People on this day gleefully venture into starting new projects and consider it an auspicious time for starting off with special things in life. While in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh it is known as Ugadi, in Maharashtra it is called as Gudipadawa.
Ugadi, also known as Chaitra suddha padhyami is believd to be the day when Lord Brahma created the Universe. First he created the days, nights, months, years and weeks and then went on to making other elements of the Universe.Ugadi Preparation
The planning for the festival starts a week before. The ladies of household start off with the preparations by cleaning up with the houses thoroughly. On this day people buy new clothes for their family members and for themselves and in that way they enjoy the spirit of festival. People on this day get up early in the morning before the end of the dawn and take up head bath. Before taking bath it is the tradition that one has to massage the entire boy with sesame oil.Traditions of Ugadi
A lot of traditions are associated with the celebration of the festival. The celebration begins with elderly ladies of the house getting up early in the morning at 4:30 AM and chanting mantras related to the festival. Some of the common traditions followed during the Ugadi celebration include:
The whole family together offers prayer to the almighty and seek his blessings during the celebration of the festival. Food is also one of the important aspects of the celebration and Ugadi special dishes are prepared on this day. The main dish which is a must in Ugadi is Bevu Bella which is actually the paste of neem, raw mango, tamarind juice and jaggery.