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Happy Ugadi!

March 26, 2009

Last week, when I wrote my Spring Post, Sailaja aunty left a comment saying “Common we too have Spring!, its not quite the same though!” …..Ahh well , How could I miss it?? Ofcourse we have SPring and as aunty said, its not the same way!!

Today is the start of Chaitra Maasam , new year according to Telugu Calender. And Chaitram marks the advent of Spring in deccan India…..a season, where the cuckoos starts singing, where the forests and trees grow green ….and most importantly, the season of Mangoes start!! Yum Yum….you guys must already be enjoying…gosh, we dont get good mangoes here! [only tinned and i dont like them]

Ugadi [yug+adi in sanskrit] is a celebration of New Years eve on Deccan area of India.

Andhra people call it Ugadi, Kannadigas call Yugaadi/Ugadi and its also celebrated in Maharashtra as Gudi Padwa!

To me, its Telugu New Year! Let me give you a brief idea of what its about and how we celebrate it!

Mostly, the family gets together, we used to meet up in our granny’s place in the evening…all of our cousins with pattu pavada and poola jada… But the day starts with pooja , and we make a spcial prasad for today….its called “Ugadi pachadi”

Its main ingridients are :

  • Neem Buds/Flowersย for bitterness – depicting the bad experiences we might face in life – sadness
  • Raw Mangoย for tang – for the share of happiness we get ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Tamarind Juiceย for sourness – for anguish and anger we might feelย 
  • Green Chilli/Pepperย for heat – for the ambiguity or fear we may feel
  • Jaggeryย for sweetness – for those sweet moments of surprise in store for us…
  • Pinch of Saltย for saltiness – for the flavor of year…

All in all, we call them as “Shadruchulu” ย  the six tastes/flavors of Life….I think, the philosophy behind it is, we cant expect to have a fully happy life or fully sad one…..Life is a mixture of all these emotions!ย 

Just like, all the flavors together make a delicious recipe, Our Life also with all the emotions tastes delicious! So it is to remind ourselves of what we might get in new year and to encourage us to accept all of them as they come and still enjoying! Isnt it a wonderful way to start a year???

Later, through the day, we listen to PANCHANGA SRAVANAM – from a priest which tells us what to expect in the year, how could it be etc based on positions of planets. Whether one believes in them or not, I find them fun to read! As long as you know, YOU are the sole person responsible for yourself, believing these wont hurt…..The moment, we tend to depend on someone else’s prediction that on ourselves, failures are bound to happen…what say?ugadi_pachadi_ingredients4Image Source : Google Images.

I remember, when we were kids, nannamma [fathers mom] used to tell us lotsa stories, which not only ย were fun but also imparted knowledge and manners into us! If not for our grannys , we children would be unaware of all those epics which we thought as bed-time stories!!


So Guys and Girls, please feel free to say how it is in Gudi Padwa and Yugadi. ๐Ÿ™‚

And Virodhi Nama Samvatsara Subhakankshalu!


25 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2009 10:30 pm

    Wish you a very happy Ugadi wherever you are !!

    Nice post, and thanks for sharing the info. on the 6 ingredients and the logic behind it.

    Btw, Im a rare specimen who doesnt like mangoes ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ ! U dont like mangoes :O :O :O …Now I am curious to know whats ur fav fruit?

  2. March 26, 2009 11:15 pm

    Happy Ugadi, Sahaja!

    Loved those details and that raw Mango..yum!

    Indian festivals just like us Indians are so different yet there is a connection between all somewhere. Our Vishu is coming up in couple of weeks.
    Thanks Solilo ๐Ÿ˜€ ….True, we all have connections somehwhere….we used to celebrate Vishu too on APr 14, when we were at college ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. elango permalink
    March 27, 2009 6:43 am

    Happy ugadi my friend
    Thank You ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. March 27, 2009 7:47 am

    Wish you a very happy Ugadi! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you Di ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. March 27, 2009 9:39 am

    Heard of Gudi Padwa… this is new… happy Ugadi… !!
    Me: Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€ so this was informative, am glad!

  6. March 27, 2009 11:12 am

    Happy Ugadi:)
    Thankooo ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. March 27, 2009 11:15 am

    Very informative post! Happy Ugadi to you, Sahaja!
    ME : ThanQ ThanQ ๐Ÿ˜€ Wish u the same!

  8. March 27, 2009 12:19 pm

    Happy Ugadi Sahaja! Very Informative! Loved the pics too! The picture of the thali reminded me of Vishu Kani, one of the elements of the Malayali New Year.. Festivals have such a flavour don’t they? Most of all I think it takes me back to my childhood ๐Ÿ™‚ So how are you celebrating today?
    Thank you Smitha ๐Ÿ™‚ …..Ya When we were in hostel during engg, we used to celebrate VIshu, Onam too with flowers rangoli in front of librbary and main building, it used to be soo much fun!! Do u do that too?

  9. March 27, 2009 1:46 pm

    happy ugadi to you Sahaja ๐Ÿ™‚
    that’s a very nice information to hear.. Me too love mangoes much.. be it ripe or raw.. it love it ๐Ÿ™‚
    How is the celebration going on in UK???
    Thanks Kanagu ๐Ÿ™‚ ur comments always make me feel happy! I loveeeeee mangoes….esp raw ones with salt and chilli which we get during this time Ummm mouth watering! ENjoy on my behalf too :D….UK…hmm we arranged for dinner with few indian people here but ofc was there so shifted to weekend!

  10. March 27, 2009 2:20 pm

    Happy Ugadi!! We Bengalis have our new year in April. Nice informative post.
    Thanks Reema ๐Ÿ™‚ …Ya its along with Tamilians na…Apr 14th? Baisakhi or is it other name?

  11. March 27, 2009 2:48 pm

    Happy Ugadi dear ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks to you now I know the intricacies of a new festival ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks Smita ๐Ÿ™‚ When is ur new year? Teez hai kya?

  12. Krishna Kumar permalink
    March 27, 2009 3:09 pm

    Sahaja..naaku Ee New year peru nachaledu..Virodhi ni manam Vinodhi ani edit cheskundaam…Vinodhi naama samvatshara Subhaakanshalu.. ๐Ÿ˜€
    hehe virodhi ante nachaleda….Ugadi Subhakankshalu neeku kuda!

  13. March 27, 2009 4:10 pm

    Happy Ugadi Sahaja ๐Ÿ™‚
    And what a wealth of information along with lovely pictures!
    Today is also the beginning of the Navratras and Gudi Parva.
    And the day was lovely, absolutely beautiful here, I woke up to a racket of noises by Cuckoos (continued throughout the day, to herald the mango season), sparrows, Mynaes and Warblers, and parrots – no wonder we chose this time of the year to celebrate all over the country!
    Me: Ohh Ya ๐Ÿ™‚ Navratras? I did not knw, ohh is it till Srirama Navami? Do you have the tradition of arranging toys show for this festival? we call it bommala koluvu…
    Ohh the way u describe it makes me feel it ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks IHM ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. March 27, 2009 10:58 pm

    Hey..nice post..good info..pachadi looks yumm..First time here..nice blog
    Check my blog when you have time ..check this
    Me: Thank you Lavanya :D….I saw ur blog and added to reader :)….i have a recipe blog too do visit sometime!

  15. March 28, 2009 4:56 am

    Happy Ugadhi Sahaja
    You gave nice information along with your wishes on your blog.
    Me: Meeku kuda ramya :), ugadi subhakankshalu!

  16. March 28, 2009 5:28 am

    Amazingly informative post, Loved the details you provided, Sahaja – Happy Ugadi to you!
    Me: Thanks Gopinath ๐Ÿ™‚ ! HAppy Gudi Parwa to you too! ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. March 28, 2009 6:48 am

    Happy Ugadi! (it means no ofice!) ๐Ÿ˜€
    For us Kerlites, there’s no Ugadi…but when in Blore, it means a lot!

    You don’t like mangoes? Ennittathingane orakke vilichu parayaan “lajjayille…lajjayille…ninakku lajjayille…” ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
    Me: Ya I know, Its Vishu for you right? Apr 14th? ….

  18. March 28, 2009 12:16 pm

    Happy Ugadi to you ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. March 28, 2009 1:06 pm

    Yup! But Vishu isn’t our New Year! It’s just the harvest festival. Our new year is on the first day of the month of “Chingyam” [Malayalam Calendar] (mid-August),

  20. March 28, 2009 11:18 pm

    Sahaja, that is an interesing post! it is always fasinating to learn about the traditions and the meaning behind…and Indians are great at creating and sustaining traditions. It may get ritualistic, but generally there is a lot of sweetness about all these things…

    happy Ugadi to you!

  21. March 29, 2009 10:44 pm

    virodhi samvatsarada hardhika subhashayagalu..sorry don’t know telugu..I think you can manage this much of kannada I suppose ๐Ÿ™‚
    Welcome here Rambler! Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€ Ya i can und this much of Kannada ๐Ÿ™‚ Wishing you the same

  22. sailaja permalink
    March 31, 2009 1:16 pm

    hi Sahaja,
    belated ugadi subhakankshalu. i made nice pulihora and bobbatlu. my daughter ate the polis for 3 days. its almost the same here except that we import all the ingradients for ugadi pachadi from India. so got vepa puvvu too and had nice ugadi pachadi. how did you celebrate?

  23. Tracy permalink
    January 28, 2010 6:21 pm

    I am a teacher and I am doing a reading lesson about a boy from India who is celebrating Gudi Padwa…can someone please tell me how to phonetically pronounce it so I say it correctly to my students?
    Thanks a bunch!!

  24. March 15, 2010 4:42 pm

    Wish you happy ugadi ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Jagan permalink
    March 16, 2010 6:32 am

    Hope this Ugadi brings in Good Fortune & Abounding Happiness for you!
    HAPPY Ugadi โ€œ

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