Various regions of the country are celebrating traditional new year today in the form of Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Chaitra Sukladi, Cheti Chand, Vishu, Puthandu and Bohag Bihu. According to the Luni-Solar calendar, the first day of the full moon of Chaitra is the beginning of the hindu new year.
People of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana call it ‘Ugadi’, and in Karnataka, it is ‘Yugadi’. In Maharashtra, it is celebrated as ‘Gudi Padwa’, and in Tamil Nadu, it is observed as ‘Puthandu’. In Kerala, the day is celebrated as ‘Vishu’, In Punjab it is ‘Vaisakhi’ and in Odisha, it is called ‘Pana Sankranthi’. In West Bengal, it is called ‘Poila Boishakh’ and in Assam, ‘Bohag Bihu’.
Telugu speaking people across the world are celebrating their Telugu New Year day, Ugaadi today. Though the COVID Pandemic situation dampens the gaiety, people are observing the customary festivities with traditional fervour. The festival is being celebrated across the two Telugu states, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to mark the beginning of the Hindu Lunar calendar.
People across Telangana are celebrating the Sri Plava Nama Ugadi of the Telugu Calendar amidst unprecedented pandemic situation. The state authorities have asked people not to come out and gather in public places unless it is unavoidable in the wake of increasing COVID cases.
They have been asked not to crowd at Temples for Panchanga Shravanam, an ancient practice of listening to the New Year forecast instead watch it on TV Channels and Live Telecasts.
The state government is also holding traditional Ugadi celebrations on a low key.
Meanwhile, Governor Dr Tamilisai Sounderarajan and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao greeted people on the Telugu New Year Day. People savour special Ugadi chutney comprising Neem flower, jaggery, salt, sugar cane, tamarind and mango to indicate six basic tastes.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu have greeted the people on the occasion.
In his message, the President said, these festivals, which mark the beginning of the New Year, are celebrated across the country in different ways, symbolising unity in diversity. He said, they also exhibit the rich culture of our country which is apparent in the way these festivals are celebrated. The President hoped that the joyous festivals will strengthen the spirit of prosperity, harmony and unity in our society and encourage goodwill and fraternity among the people.
Extending warm greetings and good wishes to the people on the auspicious occasion, the Vice President said, the names differ but the festive spirit suffused with joy, hope and togetherness remains the same. He said, these festivals mark the beginning of traditional New Year and reflect our country’s composite culture and rich heritage. Mr Naidu said, our religious texts and scriptures are full of incidents showing our reverence towards Mother Nature. He said, in our country, festivals are always an occasion for family and friends to come together and celebrate. But due to COVID-19 pandemic, he urged fellow citizens to celebrate the festival by adhering to COVID health and hygiene protocols.
Mr Naidu wished that these festivals bring peace, harmony, prosperity and happiness in our country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too has greeted the nation on the occasion of Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, Gudi Padwa, Cheti Chand, Vaisakhi, Vishu, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba being celebrated by citizens across the country. He also extended his greetings on the beginning of the new Samvat Year 2078 and wished for happiness and joy in everyone’s life.
Mr. Modi said over the next few days, people across India are going to be marking various festivals. He said these festivals showcase India’s diversity and the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat.’ The Prime Minister wished that these special occasions may spread happiness, prosperity and brotherhood across the nation.