Ugadi in India in 2020

Ugadi in India in 2020
Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai
  How long until Ugadi?
This holiday next takes place in 189 days.
  Dates of Ugadi in India
2021 Apr 12
Andhra PradeshMon, Apr 12Regional Holiday
KarnatakaMon, Apr 12Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduMon, Apr 12Regional Holiday
TelanganaMon, Apr 12Regional Holiday
2020 Mar 25
Andhra PradeshWed, Mar 25Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduWed, Mar 25Regional Holiday
TelanganaWed, Mar 25Regional Holiday
2019 Apr 6
Andhra PradeshSat, Apr 6Regional Holiday
KarnatakaSat, Apr 6Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduSat, Apr 6Regional Holiday
TelanganaSat, Apr 6Regional Holiday
2018 Mar 18
Andhra PradeshSun, Mar 18Regional Holiday
KarnatakaSun, Mar 18Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduSun, Mar 18Regional Holiday
TelanganaSun, Mar 18Regional Holiday
2017 Mar 29
Andhra PradeshWed, Mar 29Regional Holiday
KarnatakaWed, Mar 29Regional Holiday
TelanganaWed, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Ugadi marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon's orbit.
  Ugadi in other countries
Ugadi internationally
  Which regions observe Ugadi in 2020?
Andhra Pradesh  Andhra PradeshMar 25Regional Holiday
Tamil Nadu  Tamil NaduMar 25Regional Holiday
Telangana  TelanganaMar 25Regional Holiday
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When is Ugadi?

Ugadi is the Lunar New Year's Day for the people of the Telugu and Kannada communities in India.

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 from sunrise.

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.

In Maharashtra, it is known as Gudipadawa and may be called Gudi Padava in other parts of India..

The name Yugadi or Ugadi is derived from the Sanskrit words yuga (age) and ādi (starting) - 'the beginning of a new age'.

History of Ugadi

The legend behind this festival is that Lord Brahma created the universe on Ugadi.

The nine-day long spring festival of Vasanta Navratri (Chaitra Navratri) begins on this day and concludes on Ram Navami. It is believed that the creator of the Hindu pantheon Lord Brahma started creation on this day - 'Chaitra Suddha Padhyami' or the Ugadi day.

The famed Indian Mathematician Bhaskaracharya's astronomical calculations in the 12th century determined the date of Ugadi from the sunrise on as the beginning of the New Year, a new month and new day.

How is Ugadi celebrated?

Preparations for Ugadi begin 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 Abhyang - a 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.

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