Get Immersed In The Ugadi Celebrations 2021 in Karnataka
The auspicious festival of Ugadi is celebrated with utmost vigour and gusto in Karnataka and other South Indian states. Ugadi is observed on the first day of Chaitra according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar. This year, it will be celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm on April 13th. The name ‘Ugadi’ originated from two Sanskrit words, ‘Yuga’ and ‘Adi’, translating to a new beginning.
The vibrant festival of Ugadi is celebrated to welcome abundance, prosperity, and happiness in the new year. The festival also holds a special place for the region as it marks the beginning of nature’s annual cycle and the onset of the spring season. The farmer families prepare for the new season, hoping for plentiful produce. Ugadi is also considered a sacred time to undertake new ventures.
The preparations of the day-long festivities generally begin a few days in advance. People from different spheres of society start the day with an oil-bath and wearing new traditional clothes. They clean their house, which is followed by prayers and offerings. The entire family worships the Panchanga and pray for a bountiful year. The Indra Dhwaja is also worshipped on this holy day.
Devotees from all across the state celebrate the day by participating in cultural and religious gatherings and preparing a grand feast for family and friends. Bevu Bella, a special delicacy, captures the true essence of this pious day. It is made by combining various ingredients like tamarind, neem leaves, jaggery, raw mango, pepper, and salt. The dish signifies various human emotions, suggesting that the coming year will be filled with different life experiences.
Decorating the front door with red earth and a beautiful string of mango and neem leaves is another significant part of this sacred occasion. People also draw colourful patterns with rice of flowers, known as Kolamulus, in front of their houses. Known for its religious significance and lively cultural offerings, the festival of Ugadi brings colours of joy, hope, and prosperity to people’s lives.