Ugadi / Chetichand / Gudipadva

7th April 2016

Ugadi is the New Year's Day for the people of many states in India. It is usually celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra masa which is the first month in Panchangam. The name Yugadi or Ugadi is derived from the Sanskrit words yuga (age) and adi (beginning): "the beginning of a new age". Each year is given a specific name in the Hindu calendar. 2016 is DURMUKHI SAMVATSARAM. In the evening Asthanam is conducted where devotees traditionally gather to listen to the recitation of the religious Panchangam (almanac) of the new year, and the general forecast of the year to come. This is called the Panchanga Sravanam, an informal social function where an elderly and respected person will read the almanac. Panchamgam also contains astrology based on moon signs.

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