A sense of togetherness

A sense of togetherness

Youngsters Perspective

Like elders in the family, youngsters are also geared up to welcome the new year of the Hindu calendar, Ugadi. 

It’s common  to witness decorated homes, people decked in new clothes and visiting temples on the day of the festival. 

Bevu-bella plays a significant role in the festival, along with pujas and feasting.

Traditionally, poetry recitations, chanting of mantras, listening to predictions and hearing classical music were integral parts of the celebrations. Over the years, however, things have changed — people don’t have the time to practice and follow all these rituals. 

Though many youngsters are not very aware of the religious significance of Ugadi, they look forward to celebrating the festival for various reasons — the most important being, they get a holiday!  

“No matter what the festival, I feel happy as my college is closed on that day. As far as Ugadi is concerned, the day begins with an extensive oil bath. Rangolis are drawn in front of homes and doors are decorated with thorans. Then, we all have Bevu-bella which is a mixture of jaggery and neem leaves. I like the concept of accepting both bitter and sweet in the same way,” says Aditi, an MBA student from Seshadripuram Institute of Management Studies.

“As I heard from my parents, a major event on the day is Panchanga Shravanam – listening to religious almanac for the year, which used to be held in the temples. I believe that the day is considered auspicious to start new ventures,” she adds. 

Even Pankaj Desai, a degree student of MES College, vaguely remembers that his grandmother used to tell him about Panchanga Shravanam. “One can feel the weather change during Ugadi, as it ushers in the spring season. I feel the festival is relevant and it’s the perfect time to get close to the family. As I am not very aware of the rituals which are to be followed on that day, I follow whatever my parents tell,” says Pankaj.

“I wear new clothes and visit a nearby temple. There will definitely be a special feast for lunch. Later in the evening, I will catch up with friends and relatives,” he adds. He jokingly points out that youngsters like him tend to celebrate festivals as long as they include sumptuous food.

For Mohit, a degree student in Christ University, Ugadi is basically a New Year celebration. “I always look forward to festivals as they bring people together. Ugadi being the new year, we start the day with a puja. My mother prepares sweets and we have it for lunch. The whole day one feels the positive energy, as we exchange greetings with relatives and friends,” he sums up. 

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