Ugadi is celebrated on Chaitra Sukla Paksha Padyami or First day of the waxing phase of the moon in the month of Chaitra as per Telugu, Kannada or Hindu calendar (March-April as per the Gregorian Calendar).
It is the Telugu New Year and one of the traditional festivals of Andhra Pradesh.
Ugadi means the start of the Yuga (Yuga + Adi =Ugadi).
The days marks Hindu New Year according to Luni-Solar calendar and is celebrated as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and Cheti Chand by people of Sindh. The Hindu New Year is also celebrated based on Solar Calendar which is also celebrated as Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, Bihu in Assam, Vaisakhi in Punjab, Pana Sankranti in Orissa and Naba Barsha in West Bengal and is normally celebrated on or around 14th April every year.
Ugadi 2017 Date :
In 2017, Ugadi will be celebrated on 28th March 2017.
Ugadi Celebrations :
People prepare for the new year by cleaning and washing their houses and buying new clothes. The new year day begins with ritual oil-bath followed by prayers.
On the Ugadi day, people decorate their houses with mango leaves and “rangoli” designs, and pray for a prosperous new year, and visit the temples to listen to the yearly calendar – “Panchangasravanam” as priests make predictions for the coming year.
Ugadi is also considered to be an auspicious day to embark on any new endeavor.
After the bath it is a tradition to eat Ugadi Pacchadi or Ugadi Pickle before eating or drinking anything. The Ugadi Pacchadi is prepared from Neem flower, Jaggery, Green Chillies, Salt, Tamarind, pieces of unripe (Green) Mango.
This mixture of above six things symbolizes the fact that life is a mixture of six different experiences (sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise), which should be accepted together and with equanimity through the New Year.
On this Day people also greet each other saying saying Happy Ugadi or Ugadi Shubhakankshalu