Ugadi Festival is the New Year Festival of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh of South India. It is considered as an auspicious day as it marks the beginning of the new month, Chaitra of a new year based on the Hindu calendar. The same festival is celebrated in Maharashtra also, but in the name as Gudipadawa. The Ugadi day is considered as lucky day to start any new things like, business, buying houses or vehicles.
Ugadi is the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon's orbit.It is believed that the creator of the Hindu pantheon Lord Brahma started creation on this day - Chaitra suddha padhyami or the Ugadi day. It falls on "Chaitra Masa", the Spring month. This festival usually falls at the end of March or early April. Special food is also prepared for the festival.
The important features of this festival are Rangoli, "Ugadi Pachadi" in Andhra Pradesh and "Bevu Bella" in Karnataka, and Panchanga Shravanam.
Listening to the recitation of the religious almanac is referred as Panchanga Shravanam, which is mostly organized in the temples.
It is an important festival of South India, and celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Apart from the Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the people of Maharashtra, also celebrate their New Year on the same day and it is called as Gudi Padwa.