The festival of Ugadi heralds the start of a new year in the Telugu calendar. This year, Ugadi falls on Saturday, April 6. Ugadi is an important celebration in Andhra Pradesh, where HUGGS’ program is located. The word Ugadi is a combination of ‘yuga’ = age, and ‘adi’ = beginning, signifying a new start. The day begins with a cleansing shower and prayers. Colourful floor decorations - muggulu - are created to adorn entrances. A sumptuous meal is prepared and extended family and friends invited over. A key dish prepared for Ugadi is a special ‘pachadi’, a chutney whose ingredients encompass four main flavours - Sweet – jaggery, Sour – tamarind and raw mango, Salty – chilli powder and salt, and Bitter – neem flowers. The flavours represent the mix of experiences one can expect in the new year – happy, sad, success, challenges. HUGGSCanada joins Telugus all over the world, especially our students in Vizag, to celebrate Ugadi.
For more information, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugadi
HUGGS Canada is a registered Canadian charity, empowering youth through education in South East India. HUGGS focuses on promising young people who have the ability to excel in education, but are without the resources to study beyond Grade 10.
Thanks to our generous donors, we sponsor young people in Visakhapatnam (Vizag), to complete their secondary and post-secondary education. Students are selected based on financial need, academic ability and family encouragement.
Today more than 30 HUGGS graduates are working in their communities in careers including nursing, teaching, engineering, finance and computing.
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