On account of the coronavirus outbreak and nation-wide lockdown of 21 days, the festival of Gudi Padwa, Ugadi, Sajibu Cheiraoba, and Navreh observed to mark ‘The New Year’ by many regions in India is completely toned down this year. People are celebrating it within the confines of their homes and in a safe manner.
Usually, the Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Kashmiri and Sindhi New Year falls on the same day - the first day of the month of Chaitra, heralding the advent of spring. Common practices of this day include buying and giving gifts such as new clothes and giving charity to the poor. In some traditions it is a practice to consume a few neem leaves along with jaggery, a symbolic reminder that one must expect all flavours of experiences in the coming new year and make the most of them. The name Yugadi or Ugadi is derived from the Sanskrit words yuga (age) and ādi (beginning): ‘the beginning of a new age’.
As we unite in the fight against coronavirus by staying indoors and physically isolating ourselves, we invite you to share your ‘virtual wishes’ and messages for friends and citizens to help them stay motivated and safe through this tough time and hope for the beginning of a new and socially responsible age while we also learn to accept the bitter-sweet experiences that this year may bring.
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