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March 22, 2023

Happy Ugadi, Gudi Padwa, Cheti Chand and Sajibu Nongma Panba!

May the flavor of raw mangoes, raw neem, and jaggery remove all bitterness and add sweet flavors to your life. Let's put the shadows of the past behind and look forward to a new beginning. Happy Ugadi!

If you follow the Gregorian calendar, you celebrate the New Year on January 1st. Did you know there are many people around the world that celebrate the New Year on a different day every year? 

My family follows the Lunar calendar and our New Year (Ugadi) was today, March 22nd. Ugadi is celebrated by Hindus from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, and Goa. 

On Ugadi, we celebrate the New Year by drinking Ugadi pachadi which is made with different ingredients, such as green mango, tamarind juice, fresh or dried neem flower, and banana. 

I made the 'pachadi' with the ingredients I had at home and then my husband and I drank it. It was more sour than sweet. 

We also make some dishes on the occasion. My mom made Halwa Puri, Mango Pulihora, and Sabudana Pakora. I am looking forward eating these yummy foods when I visit my parents in a couple of weeks. 

Mango Pulihora, Sabudana (Tapioca) Pakora and Halwa Puri

Did you know that a new year also started today for:
- Marathi people from Maharashtra and they know it as Gudi Padwa
- Sindhi people and they know it Cheti Chand
- Manipuris and they know it as Sajibu Nongma Panba

I love learning about new cultures and traditions. How did you celebrate the new year today? Share with us.