Ugadi is a special day that is celebrated by the Telugu community world over. Ugadi marks the first day of a new year according to the Saka Calendar, which is also the official civil calendar used in India. As the month of Chaitra begins, which is around March or April in the Gregorian calendar, the new year brings forth much excitement and anticipation for those celebrating it.
Since Ugadi is the beginning of an era, it is believed that you will have a good start to a new line of work or business during this period.
For those who celebrate Ugadi, the day normally starts early with an oil bath. Following that, all members of the family will partake in a traditional serving of Ugadi Pachadi. Ugadi Pachadi is a dish prepared using different types of ingredients that serve as a symbol for the various experiences one can endure in life. The mixture consists of neem flowers (signifies sadness), grated jaggery (signifies happiness), finely chopped green chillies (signifies anger), salt (signifies fear), tamarind pulp (signifies disgust) and finely chopped mango pieces (signifies surprise).
After that, everyone would head down to the temple to listen to the recitation of the religious Panchangam (almanac), which is a general forecast for the year ahead.
The Ugadi festival for this year is named as Vijaya Naama Ugadi. Consisting of a 60-year cycle, each year is named differently. Certain years are considered to bring good fortune whilst others may not be so good, hence the reason why the Panchangam recital at the temple is heeded.
Recently, we had a chance to meet with Ms Durga Priya, an honorary member of the Telugu Association of Malaysia and an advisor to the Telugu Education Committee as well as a Telugu language teacher at the Rawang branch, to learn more about the Ugadi festival.
Watch the video interview below, as Ms Durga Priya explains more in detail about Ugadi.
In lieu of Ugadi, we at Astro too would like the opportunity to share the joy and happiness by presenting to you Ugadi Greeting card by Astro Greetings. To find out how you can send the card to your family, friends and loved ones, visit
From Astro Ulagam, we’d like to wish all Telugus a Happy Ugadi.
To get the delicious Ugadi recipes below, (Boorelu on the left and Ugadi Pachadi on the right) click on the picture.