How to celebrate Ugadi?

The traditional way of celebrating Ugadi, the New Year for Telugu and Kannada speaking people, begins with an extensive oil bath. Then, it is time to visit nearby temples or offer prayers at home. Many people visit the temple or take part in prayers along with their family.

After the prayers, it is time for the preparation of the famous ‘Ugadi Pachadi’ for Telugu speaking people. For Kannadigas, it is the time to prepare ‘bevu bella.’ The contents for both the preparation are the same. This is the first dish that people have on Ugadi day.

Ugadi Pachadi is a mixture of six tastes ranging from sweet to bitter. It comprises of jaggery, raw mango, tamarind, neem flowers, salt and green chilli. The Ugadi Pachadi symbolizes the ups and downs in life and it reminds us that in spite of all this ups and downs life has to move ahead.

In some places instead of the Ugadi Pachadi, people serve jaggery mixed with neem leaves. The bitter taste of neem leaves and the sweet of jaggery symbolize joy and sorrow in life. This mixture of neem leaves and jaggery is known as ‘bevu bella’ in Karnataka.

‘Panchanga Sravanam’ is the next event on Ugadi day. It is the reading out of the predictions for the next year.

Cultural events, satsang, poetry reading, traditional art performances and dance performances are held on the day.