Ugadi is an important festival for people from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. The festival is called Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra. The name Yugadi or Ugadi is derived from the Sanskrit words yuga (age) and adi (starting) means ‘the beginning of a new age’. It is the New Year according to the Hindu calendar.
Ugadi Celebration Date and Time
The first month of the year is called Chaitra and Ugadi is the first day of Chaitra. The date of Ugadi is based on calculations of the position of the moon dating back to 12th century. Ugadi begins on the first new moon after the Spring Equinox. Ugadi is celebrated the next morning as an Indian day starts at sunrise. We also have an article that allows you to send Ugadi wish online with Name and message. Just follow the link and create a Ugadi wish online.
This date usually falls in late March or early April in the western calendar and this date moon signifies a change in the seasons and essentially means Ugadi is a spring festival.
Why Ugadi is Celebrated
Ugadi Spiritual Significance: According to the Hindu belief, Lord Brahma, the creator started creating the earth on this auspicious day. Yugaadi is one among the several names of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu. Lord Vishnu is addressed as Yugaadikrit, the one who is the creator of Yugas. So this day is the most auspicious day to worship the Para Brahma, who is the creator of the Time element.
Ugadi Historical Significance
According to the astrological calculations, it is considered that Lord Sri Krishna’s Niryaana was commenced in the early hours of the bright fortnight of Chaitra that corresponds to 18.02.3102 BC and this day also marks the beginning of the Kaliyug. So Ugadi is also believed to be the onset of Kaliyuga. Even the great Mathematician Bhaskaracharya professed that Ugadi historical significance as the commencement of the New Year and month.
How Ugadi is Celebrated
Preparations for Ugadi begins a week in advance and include customs common to many spring festivals such as house cleaning and buying new clothes. On the day of Ugadi, a tradition is to get up before dawn for an Abhyanga head bath an after massaging with sesame oil.
Ugadi heralds the arrival of Spring and warmer weather. As such it is a joyous festival signifying growth and prosperity and as with all New Year festivals, it is a chance to put the errors of the past behind, make predictions and a good time to start new ventures.
A customary food prepared during Ugadi is Bevu Bella, a paste made from jaggery (sugar), neem buds, tamarind juice and raw mango. The paste combines several sweet and sour tastes. These different tastes are intended to remind anyone tasting the paste that life is a mixture of happy and sad events.
Exchanging Ugadi wishes and greetings during this auspicious holiday is considered as part of the tradition. Here we give you some of the best and heartfelt Ugadi SMS messages and wishes that you can use to greet your dears a happy Ugadi!