Ugadi is celebrated with much vigor in various states of India as a festival of prosperity. Along with the onset of a year, the Ugadi festival importance is felt among the mass. It celebrates the vibrancy of nature as well as life.
The colorful blossoms symbolize growth and thus Jasmine, which blooms during this time of the year is offered to Gods in the form of garlands. There are many customs of the festival which are an integral part of Ugadi significance and symbolism. One such custom is that making Ugadi Pachadi. The significance of Ugadi Pachadi is immense as it symbolizes the essence of life. This special dish is prepared with ingredients like
Jaggery (sweet): symbolizing happiness Salt (salty) :showing interest in life Tamarind (sour) :symbolizing challenges Neem flowers (bitter) :shows difficulties of life Raw mango (tangy): indicating surprises and new challenges Chilli powder (spicy): showing the angry moments in one’s life. The dish is significant as it has all the tastes of life. It teaches that life is a mixture of all the emotions. Each and every ritual followed on this day, has its own significance. Hanging of mango leaves and placing a kalash near the door or the calling of the priest to make the yearly forecast are all part of Ugadi significance and symbolism