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Ugadi April 2021
April 13, 2021
Ugadi, is the Hindu New Year celebrated by the people of the Deccan region of India. The 2021 Telugu Samvatsara is Ānanda 2078.
Preparations for Ugathi begin a week ahead. People clean and renovate their houses. Shopping for the new clothes, as well as required items for the festival, is done. People bathe before the sunrise and decorate the entrance door & windows with fresh mango leaves. The tying of mango leaves has a story behind it: Kartikeya and Ganesha, the sons of Shiva-Parvati, were very fond of mangoes. Kartikey insisted people tie mango leaves at the door of their houses to welcome prosperity and a good harvest. People also make colorful Rangolis in front of their houses after sprinkling the area with the cow dung mixed water. The New Year is begun with the blessings of gods by worshipping them. People worship the gods at their convenience. People from the various regions of the Deccan plateau in India celebrate Ugaadi with great enthusiasm. Relatives gather on a grand feast. Festivities begin from an early morning oil bath.