Ugadi or Yugadi is the New Year of Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Karnataka. The same day is also celebrated as Gudi padwa in Maharashtra. This day marks a new beginning or a commencement of a new era. People usually clean their houses, wear new clothes, decorate their houses with mango leaves and make colourful Rangolies.
Ugadi or Gudi padwa is celebrated in the month of March-April every year. This is the time when nature is also in celebration mood. I mean the time marks the onset of spring. New leaves, new flowers and new new buds can be noticed on trees. It brings a great joy and makes the mood jolly.
Each year Ugadi is celebrated with great pomp, though the rituals vary from state to state. Few rituals are common like Ugadi pooja, ugadi pachadi, rangoli and social gathering. Social gathering is an integral part of celebration. Ugadi pachadi is a must made dish on this auspicious day, as people start having raw mangoes from this day. Ugadi pachadi is a mixture of 6 different types of taste that symbolizes life which is a mixture of emotions. People also prepare many dishes using raw mango on this day.
They also adorn the entrance with Rangoli. They think their lives will be colourful and will be filled with joy and happiness.
Previously we were staying in Jeypore (odisha), where Telgu population was more than Odiya’s. I noticed that rangoli is a very important part of their live. Drawing Rangoli in front of their houses before any member leaves their home is a ritual. On any occasion they make bigger size Rangolies and use different colours to fill it.
Pesara pappu which means split green gram, Payasam which stands for kheer or payas. Pesara pappu payasam is a south Indian delicacy. It is an auspicious dish made during festivals. They consider this dish as naivedyam. This payasam is completely sugar free, good source of protein and dietary fiber. The rich, creamy payasam tastes super good. The addition of jaggery and coconut milk makes the payasam super tasty, leaves a never forgettable taste with lovely memories.