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Ugadi (literally - the start of an era) is the new year's day for the people of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in India. It is the Chaitra Sudhdha Paadyami or the first day of a lunar year, which generally falls in the months of March or April of the Solar Calendar year.

Ugadi-Indian Festival

The Telugus celebrate the festival by consuming a heterogenous mixture of which the ingredients stand for the basic types of tastes. The list of ingredients include

Tamarind for Sourness
Neem flowers for Bitterness
Salt for Saltiness
Jaggery for Sweetness
Mango for Savoriness
These different tastes in the mixture symbolize the mixed nature of the coming new year.