Andhra Pradesh: Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are celebrating Ugadi festival, the Telugu New Year day today marking the festival with traditional enthusiasm to mark the beginning of the Hindu Lunar calendar.
Today marks the first day of Chaitra, which is believed to be the first month in the Panchang. Every year Ugadi is celebrated as Hindu festival in few states of India.
Thousands of devotees are thronging temples to pray for happiness and prosperity in the New Year. Special prayers are being held at all major temples in the two states like Tirumala, Vijayawada, Srisailam, and Yadadri temples.
Ugadi is not only celebrated in south India, but it is celebrated in central Indian region like Maharashtra where is it known as Gudi Padwa. The day of Gudi Padwa begins with an oil-bath and eating Neem leaves ritual followed by prayers.
As per the Hindu solar calendar, Keralites, Tamilians, and Bengalis will celebrate New Year as Vishu, Puthandu and Pohela Boishakh, respectively on 14th April.
People are celebrating Ugadi and sharing festival greetings over social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.