April 13, 2021 All Day
Celebrated during Chaitra Masa (March-April) in the first season of the year, i.e., spring (vasanta-ritu). It is believed that Lord Brahma started creation on this day. The arrival of the spring season also marks the commencement of new life with plants getting new leaves and fertile fields full of colorful blossoms signify growth, prosperity, and well-being.
Ugadi marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon’s orbit. On this day, astrologers make predictions for the coming year. The season is pleasant. New flowers are seen everywhere. The birds sing melodiously. Mangoes are in plenty and are halfway towards ripening.
People pray for their health, wealth, and prosperity. It is also an auspicious time to start new ventures.
The festival is observed with colorful floor decorations called rangoli, a special Gudhi flag (garlanded with flowers, mango, and neem leaves, topped with upturned silver or copper vessel), street processions, dancing, and festive foods.
Traditionally, families prepare a special dish that mixes various flavors, particularly the bitter leaves of the neem tree and sweet jaggery. Additional ingredients include sour tamarind and astringent dhane seeds, is eaten as a reminder of life’s sweet and bitter experiences. All experiences have to be treated with equanimity. Everyone should make a resolve that he will face calmly whatever happens that year, accepting it with good grace. Consider everything for one’s own good.