This is a Ugadi special post - the festival that fell on the 23rd of March. Maharashtrians call it Gudi Padwa, Sindhis - Cheti Chand, Manipuris - Sajibu Cheiraoba & Punjabis - Baisakhi. Hindus believe that Brahma started creation on this day.
"Yuga Adi” means 'the beginning of a new age'. This has been a beginning of sorts - for me at least. In the South, the first Ugadi immediately after marriage is a very important one. Ours came after 6 long years!
Here’s a snapshot of our celebration. Whoever has read ‘A Regret’ would know why I am writing this post. This is a promise kept!
The day began with oil bath. We decorated the entrance of the house with mango leaves (traditionally, it signifies good crop & prosperity) These leaves are strewn together to make a garland and tied to the main door of the house
& immediately after that I set off on my mission to draw the first ever rangoli of my life!
and then at home in my mother-in-law's pooja room:
1. Neem – bitterness (taste) - Sadness (significance)
2. Jaggery – sweetness (taste) - Happiness (significance)
3. Green Chilli – hot - Anger
4. Salt – saltiness - Fear
5. Tamarind Juice – sourness - Disgust
6. Raw Mango – tang - Surprise
Why do we eat that? To show that life is a blend of different experiences & all of it must be accepted with the same grace throughout the New Year. I have to mention here that up until this point of eating the Bevu-Bella at around 11 a.m, I had eaten nothing since the time i woke up which is again a FIRST for me!!
Then my mother-in-law & I got busy with preparing the feast – Obbattu (puran poli/holige), obbattsaaru, maavinakai chitranna (a rice dish made from grated raw mangoes) & kosambri (salad). On the first day ONLY VEG! But that's ok. All I wanted to eat was the Holige & I held the record for eating the maximum number of holiges in one day which was THREE!
The second day is when we binged on non-veg & it is called Hosadadku.
Oh before i forget here's me with the bangles and the flowers!
And then here's are some pictures of the two temples that we visited