Ugadi, as called in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra indicates the start of a new year for people in those states.
Ugadi is derived from ‘Yuga adi’ where ‘yuga’ means time, era or period and ‘adi’ means beginning. Gudi in marathi is a Bamboo stick which is decorated and at the top of which a cup or a glass is placed and Padwa means the ‘adi’ described earlier.
People in Andhra Pradesh make a special dish called as ‘Ugadi pachchadi’ which contains six different tastes (Shadruchulu) viz. bitter, sour, sweet, salt, tang and heat indicating 6 expressions of life sadness, happiness, anger, fear, aversion and surprise.
People in kannada call this Ugadi pachchadi as Bevu-Bella.
This year Ugadi in Andhra pradesh is termed as Virodhi nama samvatsaram. Previous year was sarvadhari nama samvatsaram and the following year is termed as vikrutinama samvatsaram.
So on this auspicious occasion “May God Bless you with Peace and Good Luck and Success this Ugadi and all through the year”.