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Ugadi is one of the prominent festivals of Karnataka.
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Ugadi Festival

Time: March/April
Venue: All over the state
Significance: Kannada New Year
Highlights: Decoration of houses, rituals and traditional dishes

The festival of Ugadi heralds the beginning Kannada New Year and is celebrated all over Karnataka with traditional fervor. The word 'Ugadi' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Yugadi', which means 'beginning of a new Yuga or era'. The festival usually falls on the second half of March or early April.

Ugadi also marks the advent of the spring season when Mother Nature blooms with all her glory. Blossoming flowers and expansive tracts of green paddy fields dot the landscape filling the hearts of people with joy and contentment. Preparations usually start a week ahead with people cleaning their houses and shopping for new clothes.

On Ugadi day, after a pre-dawn bath people decorate the entrance of their houses with fresh mango leaves. The green mango leaves tied to the doorway signify a good crop and general well being. Another unique feature of the festival is the "Ugadi Pachchadi" delicacy made from Neem flowers, mango juice, honey, sugar (jaggery) and other ingredients.

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