Happy New Year to Kannadigans, Maharastrians and Sindhis too!
The Telugu people celebrate the festival with great fanfare; gatherings of the extended family and a sumptuous feast are de rigueur. The day, however, begins with ritual showers (oil bath) followed by prayers, and then the eating of a specific mixture of -
Neem Buds/Flowers for Bitter
Raw Mango for Tangy
Tamarind Juice for Sour
Green Chilli for Hot
Jaggery for Sweet
Pinch of Salt for Salt
This mixture with all six tastes, called "Ugadi Pachhadi" in Telugu symbolizes the fact that life is a mixture of different experiences (sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise), which should be accepted together and with equanimity. Later, people traditionally gather to listen to the recitation of the religious almanac (Panchangam) of the coming year, and to the general forecast of the year to come. Ugadi celebrations are marked by literary discussions, poetry recitations and recognition of authors of literary works through awards and cultural programs.
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Neem flowers-1 tablespoon
Tamarind pulp-1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder-a pinch
Grated jaggery-1 teaspoon
1. Wash the mango and cut it into small pieces.
2. Wash the neem flowers carefully and keep it aside.
3. Chop the chilli into small pieces.
4. Take a big bowl and add the mango pieces, neem flowers, chilli powder, tamarind pulp, salt and jaggery.
5. Mix well. Now the ugadi pachadi is ready…