Ugadi or New year today called “Hevilambi Nama Samvatsra” is being celebrated by Telugus, Kannadigas and Gudi Padwa by Marathis with colourful mango leaves donning the entrances and arches in streets with flowers and Ugadi Pachchadi being distributed among relatives and friends.
Ugadi, or the beginning of a new age in Sanskrit, denotes the the first day of Chaitra month in the Hindu Saka calendar as per the Panchanga. Marathis celebrate the festival called Gudi Padwa and by the Rajasthani Marwaris as their new year day Thapna. Sindhis celebrate it as their New Year day Cheti Chand, while Manipuris also celebrate their New Year (Sajibu nongma panba) on the same day.
More than the usual festive mood, Ugadi Pachchadi or Bevu Bella is what matters on the day and it is a special dish of 6 tastes denoting sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise with Neem Buds/Flowers for its bitterness, signifying Sadness, jaggery and ripe banana pieces for sweetness, signifying happiness, green Chilli/Pepper for its hot taste, signifying Anger, salt for saltiness, signifying Fear, tamarind Juice for its sourness, signifying disgust and unripened Mango for its tang, signifying Surprise.
Ugadi also marks the recitation of Almanac or PANCHANGA and people traditionally gather to listen to the recitation of the religious Panchangam of the new year, and the general forecast of the year to come, called the Panchanga Sravanam.
Here are some greetings for Ugadi SMS messages:
In Telugu, “Ugadi subhakankshalu” -ఉగాది శుభాకాంక్షలు
In Kannada, it is “Yugadi Habbada Shubhashayagalu” – ಯುಗಾದಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು (Greetings for the festival of Yugadi)
“Hosa varshada shubhashayagaLu” – ಹೊಸ ವರ್ಷದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು (Greetings on the new year).
In Konkani, it would be Navve varsache shubhashay, Samsar padvyache shubhashay.
In Marathi, it would be ‘गुढी पाडव्याच्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा’ (Gudhi padvyachya hardik shubhechcha).
In English: Happy Ugadi
May this Ugadi bring you new spirit, new beginning and and new prosperity.
Wishing you a very happy Ugadi!!!
May this Ugadi bring in you the brightest and choicest happiness and love you have ever wished for
May this Ugadi bring you the utmost in peace and prosperity.
May lights triumph over darkness, May peace transcend the earth. Happy Ugadi!!!
Best wishes to you and your family this Ugadi Festival. Have lots of fun and bond!
Let the Ugadi Festival usher in joyous and great New Year. Happy Ugadi to you and to your family!
Feel the spirit of Ugadi, Be joyful and glad. Celebrate the occasion with total cheer. Happy Ugadi to you and your Family!!!
This Ugadi, may you be blessed with good fortune as long as Ganeshji’s trunk, wealth and prosperity as big as his stomach, happiness as sweet as his ladoos and may your trouble be as small as his mouse. Happy Ugadi!!!
“UGADI” Shrikara Nama Samvatsra Shubhakankshalu!!!
One year gone, One New Year comes, It happened so, and it’ll always be so, but you can make it a better one. Happy Ugadi!!!
May your hate for your enemies fade away, May the darkness around you become lighter, May this Ugadi bring joy, health and prosperity to you and your family. Happy Ugadi!!!
May this Ugadi bring you new spirit, new beginning and new prosperity Wishing you Happy Ugadi !!!
Hope the lights of Ugadi bring glow and warmth to your life! Wishing you a very happy Ugadi -New Year!!!.