It is Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka
In Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka this day is celebrated as Ugadi. Here too the people begin the day by eating the bitter leaves of neem tree with jaggery or sugar. To them the bittersweet taste is a reminder to accept sweet and bitter experiences in our lives with grace and dignity. There are special foods prepared for this festival. In Karnataka and Andhra, sour-and-spicy tamarind rice – called puliyogare in Kannada and pulihora in Telugu is made. A sweet called holige (which is a cousin of puran poli) is also made.
Symbolizing New Year
The beginning of spring is an eternal symbol of new life. Ugadi also has the sanction of both religion and science. Bhaskara, the renowned Indian mathematician, found from his astronomic calculations that the New Year began the moment the sun rose on the day of Chaitra Shuddha Padhyami or Ugadi. This is based on the observation that the moon changes its orbit on this day.
The word Ugadi is a combination of the words yuga (era) and aadi (beginning). This festival follows Holi, which signifies the end of the old. Devotees offer special prayers and make offerings at temples. People consider it auspicious to start a new venture on Ugadi. Here to people clean and decorate their homes and wear new clothes. They pray for a prosperous new year and visit the temples to listen to the yearly calendar – “Panchanga Sravanam” as priests make predictions for the coming year. These days, panchanga readings are broadcast over radio and television.
As with any other festival in India, this day is also celebrated with an array of delicious dishes which are prepared and shared with family and relatives.