I wish you all a very happy Ugadi. As always I wanted to write as what this festival means and how and who celebrates this festival.
To start with the name Ugadi means start of an era. This is mostly celebrated by the people in Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka. This is also called as Gudi Padwa in Maharastra. I recently came to know that Sindhis celebrate the same day as Cheti Chand and Manipuris as Sajibu Cheiraoba.
Even though the names are different all these people celebrate this day as a new year. The main festival refers to as start of the age we are living in which is Kaliyuga.
The best part of this festival is the Ugadi Pachadi which is a dish consisting of six tastes (sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise). Each taste has a significance which can be related to different experiences in life.
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
Raw Mango for its tang, signifying Surprise
Bhakshalu or Bobbatlu is the other speciality dish which is loved by everyone.
May this Ugadi bring you new spirit, new beginning and new prosperity.