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Ugadi 2022

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April 2, 2022, is the New Year Ugadi. Celebrated in Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as such, it is also new year in several other states.

Another important aspect of Ugadi is the Panchanga or the new Hindu almanac which is read out to the family. This is also meant to bring in good luck and the book is also worshipped in many households.

Neem and mango leaves to adorn doors
Neem and mango leaves to adorn doors

Interestingly, most of the Ugadi recipes are historically designed to improve immunity as this is a time of seasonal change and food subtly gives the traditional message of the importance of having all elements of life. In fact, the dishes on the plate usually include a variety of foods that ensure all your taste buds are tickled. Food is an integral part of the celebrations and Ugadi means you are in for a traditional feast.

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