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Ugadi and its significance: Four facts about the Hindu New Year

On the festive occasion of Ugadi, here are some facts that you should know about the festival

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Bengaluru, First Published Mar 28, 2017, 9:41 AM IST
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Ugadi signifies the heralding of the New Year for South Indian Hindus.  Here are 4 facts that you should know about Ugadi
 

 

1. Range of Human Emotions:  
 


On Ugadi, there are six ingredients present in a special dish called Ugadi Pachadi represent a particular emotion present in every human. These are anger (chilli), happiness (jaggery), sadness (neem), hate (tamarind), fear (salt) and surprise (raw mango).

​​Also read:  5 tasty treats for Ugadi to try out

 

2. Of mangoes and leaves:  


Freshly-cut mango leaves are adorned at the doorway of one’s house. This is supposed to signify prosperity and a good yield.



Also read:  7 amazing benefits of mango leaves

 

3. Balance of Good and Bad:
 

 

Neem plays an integral role in Ugadi festivities – be it food or decoration -   The reason being is that is neem is inherently a bitter plant. The neem leaves and flowers are mixced with jaggery signifying a balance of good and bad.
 

Also read:  Health benefits of neem leaves

 

4.  The Thorana

Called Thorana in Kannada is a garland of mango leaves. Fresh mango leaves are plucked and arranged into a half garland and is decorated on the door. This is believed to ward off evil spirit and make the house a place of positive energy. 

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