Friday, April 1, 2011

Telugu New Year 2011, Ugadi or Yugadi Celebrations Histry, Vasant Navratri, Chaitra Navaratri

Telugu New Year 2011, Ugadi or Yugadi 2011 Celebrations Histry, Vasant Navratri or Chaitra Navaratri Telugu New Year Ugadi marks the advent of the Telugu New Year. The name of the festival derived from "Yuga Aadi" which means New Age. According to the Chandramana system (Shalivahana Shaka), Telugu New Year falls on Chaitra Shuddha Prathipade. It is the first day of the Lunar calender. Like any other religion, Telugu New Year celebrations also has a legend behind it. Hindu mythology says Lord Brahma, created universe on Chaitra Shuddha Prathipade. Since then, this day is celebrated as a New Year's day.

Ugadi celebrations are also blessed with Vasanth Ruthu (spring). It symbolizes new life with blooming of fresh flowers, chanting of birds and fruit laden trees. It is considered an auspicious time to venture into new projects.
Ugadi Celebrations
People of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka begin New Year preparations a week before the festival. They clean their houses and surrounding areas whilst decorate it with mango leaves. Shopping for Ugadi gifts, new clothes and other items are done with a lot of fervor. Most of the people exchange gifts like silk saree, dhoti, pootarelullu and sweets like kaja, pala kova etc.
On the Ugadi day, people get up early in the morning, apply coconut oil to their bodies, take a head bath and wear new clothes. Then they visit nearby temple to offer prayers to God, chant mantras and listen to Panchanga Sravanam. Priests or experts forecasts new events of the year and make people aware of the coming situations.
Traditional Ugadi Food
All the family members and friends sit together for the traditional sauce called Ugadi Pachchadi. It is a mixture of the following products:

  • Neem leaves which is good for patients who have diabetes and skin diseases
  • Jaggery increases haemoglobin level and sugarcane juice fights against jaundice.
  • Raw mango and Tamarind juice are consumed with almost every dish prepared by women of Karnataka and Andhra Pardesh.

Ugadi Pachchadi signifies that life is not a smooth journey. All sorrows, happiness, success and disappointment must be given due importance. All experiences have to be treated equally as it makes us learn something new every time and prepares us for the rest. It makes us develop positive attitude towards life. People also make some resolutions and pray to God for their well-being and prosperity.

Ugadi 2011 (Yugadi 2011) is the Telugu New year and Kannada New year. Ugadi 2011 date is April 4th 2011, Monday. Ugadi 2011 marks the beginning of Sri Khara nama Samvatsara in Hindu Panchangam. Ugadi or Yugadi means the beginning of an era. Hindus in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka celebrate their New Year as Ugadi whereas the people of Maharashtra celebrate it as Gudi Padwa. In Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka on Ugadhi day Ugadi Pachadi is prepared and distributed among the people. This festival is also celebrated as Cheti Chand or Sindhi New year.

The Saka calendar or Shaka Panchangam starts on Chaitra Shudda Padyami, which is known as Ugadi or Gudi Padwa. Sage Veda Vyasa described Ugadi day as the starting of Kaliyuga. It is believed that Kali Yuga began in the year 3102 BC.

Vasant Navratri or Chaitra Navaratri begins on Ugadi festival. Sri Ram Navami Navratras also start on Ugadi or Gudi Padwa. The ninth day after Ugadi, Ram Navami is celebrated. This day also marks the conclusion of Vasanta Navaratri Durga Puja.

Ugadi Pachchadi is the special recipe prepared on Ugadi day in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. This recipe signifies the combination of every aspect of life. Ugadi Panchanga Shravanam is done on Ugadi. Astrology predictions and yearly horoscopes are told by Brahmins on this day to common people.

Tamil New Year day is celebrated as Puthandu or Chithirai Vishu. Malayalam New Year day is Vishu. The main Malayalam New Year day is Chingam 1 which is celebrated in August. Bengali New Year day is Baisakh or Poila Baisakh. Assamese New Year day is Bohag Bihu.

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