Ugadi Festival of Andhra Pradesh
Name of Festival : Ugadi Festival
Major Territory of Celebration
Ugadi Festival is celebrated in South India like Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh
Time of celebration (Months)
Ugadi is the Telugu New Year day celebrated on Chaitra Suddha Padyami, the first day of the bright fortnight in the month of Chaitra (April-May)
The New year festival or Ugadi comes close on the heels of Holi.Ugadi is celebrated with festive fervor in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. So it is called Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka,Gudipadawa known in Maharashtra.
It is a day when mantras are chanted and predictions made for the new year. It is a day of great joy and happiness.In this day Everybody in the house gets up early in the morning takes an oil bath and puts on new clothes.People tied Torana, ( festoons of mango leaves) all the doors of the house.They clean the front yards are washed with cow dung water and decorated with different designs. Bhakshya otherwise known as Purampoli, is the special sweet cooked on this day.
On this day people cooked the ugadi pachadi (chutney) it is must on this day.To made Ugadi Pachadi people used the Fresh tamarind with fresh water, jaggery, fresh mangoes and fresh margosa flowers .After puja, everybody partakes of the Ugadi Pachadi and only then goes for meals in the company of all. In this festival Men and women take part in sports and games, cock-fights and competitions, girls and boys find delight in having informal singing competitions. In the evening they goes to temple.
In towns and cities poet’s gatherings and musical concerts are held.