“Hindus” of Andhra Pradesh celebrate the festival of “Ugadi”
in the month of March and April, with much pomp and show.
The “Ugadi” festival marks the beginning of another year
among the Telugu people of Andhra Pradesh. As per the lunar
system of the astrological calculations, the festival of
Ugadi is observed on the “Shukla Paksha” of the “Chaitra
Masa” during the spring season or the “Vasant Ritu”. Apart
from the religious significance of the festival, Ugadi also
has a considerable economic and social influence on the
people of the region.
season is associated with the birth of new life when the dry
branches of the trees or plants sprout new leaves and makes
the ambiance look vibrant and colorful. In the similar way,
Ugadi also signifies the beginning of a new year when one
can forget the past and make an wonderful start. According
to a religious legend, it is said that the Lord Brahma who
is the creator started the “Creation” of cosmos on this day
of “Ugadi” or the “Chaitra Suddha Padhyami”.
Special Arrangements for the auspicious festival of
The Telugu people buy new clothes and decorate their
houses to mark the festival. The people hang the leaves of
mangoes at the entrance of their houses for a prosperous
year, and worship Gods and Goddesses to seek their divine
blessings. The Telugu people of Andhra Pradesh prepare
several lip smacking delicious foods to satisfy their
appetite. Some of the delicacies prepared on the auspicious
occasion are the “Ugadi Pachchadi”, “Pulihora” and
“Bobbatlu” which are cooked with special care to suit the
occasion. The festival of Ugadi also offers the poets and
writers of the Telugu literature with a platform to express
their talents in the numerous “Literary Fairs” that are
organized throughout the state.
The people of Andhra Pradesh extend a warm welcome to the
“Telugu New Year” or “Ugadi” where they forget their past
failures or achievements and look forward for a better and
prosperous year ahead.