Four facts about Hindu New Year Ugadi and its significance
On the festive occasion of Ugadi, here are some facts that you should know about the festival
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, which represent a particular emotion present in every human. These are anger (chilli), happiness (jaggery), sadness (neem), hate (tamarind), fear (salt) and surprise (raw mango).
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.
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 mixed with jaggery signifying a balance of good and bad.
4. The thorana
Thorana in Kannada is a garland of mango leaves. Fresh mango leaves are plucked and arranged into a half garland and are decorated on the door. This is believed to ward off evil spirit and make the house a place of positive energy.