The Telugu community in the UAE celebrated their new year on 30th march, Thursday. The Hevalambi Ugadi festival was celebrated with fervour and devotees thronged the temples in Bur Dubai since early morning. Ugadi is also the new year of Kannadigas.
The expatriates from the Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana decorated their houses with fresh mango leaves, marigolds and chrysanthemums and prepared the traditional Ugadi Pachadi. The pachadi is a concoction comprising different tastes such as bitter (neem flower), sweet (jaggery), salt, hot (green chillis) and sour (raw mango and tamarind) and fresh coconut symbolising the fact that life is a mixture of different experiences – pleasant and not so pleasant, which should be accepted with equanimity in the year ahead.
Poli or holige in Kannada is another traditional dish that is made and served to friends and exchanged with neighbours. It is a flat Indian bread stuffed with a mixture of cooked of jaggery and gram dal (lentils) with cardamom and ghee (clarified butter).
About 100 people from both these communities gathered at a private villa in Arabian Ranches to usher in their new year. They exchanged greetings and wishes for a happy and prosperous year ahead.