Ugadi is incomplete without the “Ugadi Pacchadi. ” Every festival in india begins with a refreshing oil bath and hair wash ritual, known as Abhyanga. The benefits of Abhyanga(rooted in Ayurveda) have been studied widely and is identified as one of the most non-invasive and relaxing ways to maintain good health.
Also, every festival brings with it a slew of specialities that are particularly identified with the festival. The “Ugadi Pacchadi” requires 6 ingredients- raw mango, neem, tamarind, jaggery, chilli and Salt. legend has it this amalgamated dish serves as a perfect representation of life itself- happiness, sorrow, anger, bitterness, surprise and fear. Today, social psychologists and behaviour therapists insist that every emotion needs to be welcomed for good emotional health. This ritual serves as the perfect understanding of the importance and the inevitability of every human emotion.
Ugadi Pachadi: Made from raw banana, raw mango, neem, tamarind and jaggery, this delicacy is prepared by many people. It is believed that one should not taste this dish unless offered to the Gods as an offering( Naivedyam). The use of raw mango almost serves as a precursor to the most-loved thing about indian summers- Mangoes. Tender need flowers used in the dish help clean out the gut of toxins and work as an antibiotic for the upcoming summer heat.