Ugadi festival is celebrated in Chaitra month as per the Hindu calendar and it is usually celebrated in March or April. It is the time of the year when New Year day is also celebrated with extreme enthusiasm primarily in the state of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
Ugadi festival is celebrated by different names across the country. The most famous of all festivals is the Ugadi festival which falls on the Shukla Paksha Padya of the month of Chaitra Ugadi festival is the holy day of the beginning of the year in the eyes of Hindus.
The meaning of Ugadi is composed of two words Yuga and Aadi Yuga is the period of creation New Year Adi means beginning. Ugadi festival is a day of mythological and historical significance. It is also known as the creation day of Lord Brahma. When the sun rises on Chaitrashuddha Padya Brahma created the universe and since then there is a tradition of celebrating Ugadi in two ways Lunar and Solar Chandramana Ugadi is the practice of identifying the movement of the moon and when the Sun comes to Aries Souramana Ugadi is celebrated. South Indians celebrate Ugadi on Chaitrashuddha Padyami following the lunar month.
Ugadi which marks the beginning of the New Year is celebrated by all Hindus without any discrimination. Farmers celebrate the festival with enthusiasm by taming their bulls Traders and others also perform auspicious deeds on that day.
Spring season starts in Chaitra month. Nature will bloom and rejoice during Ugadi. Wherever you look, the tree vines will be green. On the day of Ugadi people take a bath with neem water in the morning, wear new clothes, worship the deity and eat neem leaves and jaggery (Bhevu-Bella). These are symbols of happiness-sadness night-day. The special feature of the Ugadi festival is that happiness and sorrow should be an integral part of human life.