Ugadi is one of the major festivals of the Hindus, which is celebrated with great pomp and fan fare. It is celebrated as the New Year day of the Telugu and Kannada. It is also celebrated by the people of Maharashtra with equal enjoyment. The term Ugadi is used by the people of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka but in Maharashtra it is known by Gudi Padwa. Ugadi is celebrated around month of April. This one day celebration unites all the people of the state so that they can enjoy to the fullest.
The Sindhis also celebrate the day of Ugadi as their New Years Day and call it Cheti Chand. Different states have their different way of celebrating this festival. The festival falls according to the lunisolar calendar. Ugadi is the first day of the New Year. People await this festival for the whole year. People unite and make the festival a grand success.
The term Ugadi literally means Aadi or the beginning. It is believed that if the first day of the year is spent happily, enjoyment will follow the rest of the year. The new year is welcomed with great fan fare and lots of fanfare. It is believed that on the day of Ugadi that Kali Yuga started. This ancient festival is considered to be an auspicious festival. This festival is laso known as Yugadi.
With the sun rise the new day starts and people start their ritual from then on. In Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the Ugadi festival is a major festival. People visit the house of their relatives and friends. Sweets and other delicious dishes are distributed to make this festival a grand success. The day begins with the ritual bath and offering paryers to the Lord. People eat a mixture of neem buds, raw mango, tamarind juice, green chilli or pepper, jaggery and pinch of salt after the ritual bath. People then recite from the religious scriptures and in the evening various cultural programs are arranged.
In Maharashtra, Ugadi, one of the major festivals of India is known as Gudi Pawda. It celebrates the advent of the new year in Maharashtra. People worship the lord and distribute jaggery and gram pulse to the people.