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Arcadia Celebrates Indian New Years' Day

April 5th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

It’s Ugadi in Andhra & Karnataka!

VINA Last Monday morning "RupaYoga", which is held at the Elk’s Lodge on Huntington Drive in Arcadia, offered a unique and educational Indian instrumental music concert by Geetha and Frank Bennets for the seniors and the handicapped who attend Rupa Dore’s regular fun yoga class.
The Hindus of Nepal begin their new year Nava Varsha in the third week of March, and the people of Kashmir start the Kashmiri Lunar year – Navreh – in the second week of March. The southern Indian states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh begin their new year – Ugadi – in late March or early April. The Maharashtrians celebrate their new year Gudhi Padwa, during the same time. 
The Telugu and the Kannada New Year falls on the first day of the month of Chaitra (March-April). People in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka states in the South of India believe that Lord Brahma began the creation of the universe on this auspicious day of Ugadi. People prepare for the New Year by cleaning and washing their houses and buying new clothes. On the Ugadi day they decorate their houses with mango leaves and "rangoli" designs, and pray for a prosperous new year, and visit the temples to listen to the yearly "Panchangasravanam" as priests make predictions for the coming year. Ugadi is also known as an auspicious day to embark on any new endeavor.
frankIn Maharashtra, the New Year is celebrated as Gudhi Padwa – a festival that heralds the advent of spring (March-April). Early on the morning of the first day of the Chaitra month, people finish their ablutions, wear new clothes and decorate their houses with colorful "rangoli" patterns. A silk banner is raised and worshipped, and greetings and sweets are exchanged. People hang "gudhis" on their windows on this day to celebrate Mother Nature’s bounty. A "gudi" is a decorated pole with a brass or a silver vessel placed on it.

Photos by Terry Miller

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