Ugadi: A Celebration of Life!

Be it Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and Goa, Yugadi in Karnataka, or Ugadi in Telangana and Andhra – all these festivals celebrate the beginning of the new year or the first day of the first month of Chaitra in the Hindu lunar calendar. Mythology has it that it was on this day that Brahma began to create the universe. Celestially, this is the day when the sun passes the equator signifying the spring equinox and moves into the northern hemisphere. It marks the onset of the spring festival when the earth sprouts tender new buds and leaves.

In Andhra, a special dish called Ugadi Pachadi is an important part of the Ugadi celebrations. It has ingredients of six different flavours – Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Spicy, Tangy and Salty, signifying Joy, Disgust, Sorrow, Anger, Surprise and Fear, which represent the phases and flavours of life that an individual experiences starting with his/her birth and ending in his/her death. The Ugadi Pachadi though a simple recipe, is immensely significant in its symbolism as the essence of life; a dish which teaches us that life is a bouquet of diverse and transient emotions and experiences and we should rise above our prejudices to live life in its entirety. Read more about it in this article…

I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

– Narendra Nayak © 2018

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