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Happy Ugadi!!
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Ugadi 1
The New year festival or Ugadi comes close on the heels of Holi. While the strong colors of Holi start fading away, the freshness of spring lingers on with sprightliness all around. Ugadi is celebrated with festive fervor in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka. While it is called Ugadi in A.P. and Karnataka, in Maharashtra it is known as Gudi Padawa.

Ugadi marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon's orbit. A day when mantras are chanted and predictions are made for the New Year. Prayers for health, wealth, prosperity and success are part of the festival. Ugadi is considered the most auspicious time to start new ventures and make new beginnings.

The celebration of Ugadi is marked by religious zeal and social merriment. Special dishes are prepared for the occasion. "Ugadi pachchadi" is one such dish that is made of new jaggery, raw mango pieces and neem flowers and new tamarind, which truly reflect life - a combination of sweet, sour and bitter tastes! The inner significance of this preparation is to indicate that life is a mixture of good and bad, joy and sorrow and all experiences have to be treated alike…Welcome everything and accept it with grace.

Here’s wishing a very prosperous new year to everyone. May this year usher in peace and serenity to the world, less/no natural calamities, and bring joy, happiness & fortune to all.

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posted by All Smiles!! @ 10:33 AM  
13 Comments:
  • At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Chandra said…

    Happy Ugadi Rajitha!
    Hope the new year brings in all the good things - Keep Smiling.

     
  • At 4:19 PM, Blogger Ajnabi said…

    Hey All-Smiles...

    Happy Ugadi to you and all

    May this new year give you,

    The strength to stand, when you are right
    The courage to admin, when you are wrong
    The sense of differentiate between this two.

    keep smiling and keep spreading joy...

    take care

     
  • At 8:39 PM, Blogger faith said…

    Hey happy ugadi! a bit late though :)

    and thanks for dropping by.. you have a nice place.. *smiles*

     
  • At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Sadiya said…

    "Ugandi Shubhakankshalu" (hopeIamright)
    to all of you Rajitah, aren't we lucky? We get to celebrate new year twice every year.

     
  • At 10:25 AM, Blogger Baatasaari said…

    Happy Ugadi to you too Rajitha.... mmmmm the mango season starts again... miss the pachchadi so much...

     
  • At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Aren't you a lucky bubba?? Hope you had a great day with family.

     
  • At 2:43 PM, Anonymous abha said…

    A belated Ugadi wishes to you Rajitha - BTW, I got to eat some lovely pachadi and puranpolis from our wonderful neighbour !!

     
  • At 3:38 PM, Blogger All Smiles!! said…

    Thanks everyone for the lovely wishes..

     
  • At 4:10 PM, Blogger Hyderabadiz said…

    Happy Ugadi to all....
    check this out:
    http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=428755661&size=m
    From the team of Hyderabadizzz

     
  • At 12:01 AM, Blogger Hip Grandma said…

    Happy ugadi!!thanx for your commeent in my blog

     
  • At 2:33 PM, Blogger kavya said…

    happy ugadi rajitha!

    wish u a great and prosperous year ahead.

    take care
    hugz

     
  • At 8:42 PM, Blogger GMG said…

    I don't know how I got here; maybe thru Ash-Dreaming in Metaphors, but it was a cute discovery. Early morning smile is a nice way to start this new Spring! I'll be back :))
    Gil

     
  • At 7:39 PM, Blogger All Smiles!! said…

    Thanks Hip Grandma

    Thanks Kavya!! :)

    Hi GMG!! Welcome to my space..Keep visiting :)

     
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