5 great ways to celebrate Ugadi

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With the advent of Spring and school holidays, we bring you a few ideas to keep your little ones busy this Ugadi.

In Sanskrit, “Yuga” means era, and “Adi” means beginning. “Ugadi” or “Yugadi” is derived from a combination of these words, indicating the beginning of a new era. This festival of fun and colour is celebrated at the end of March or beginning of April depending on the moon’s cycle.

It is considered auspicious to bring in the New Year with a prayer. Many homes dedicate the new almanac during the puja. And what’s a puja without some mouthwatering prasad? Offered to the God’s and us humans, the special Ugadi prasad is a delicious way to experience the three distant taste of life-sweet, sour and bitter-on the first day of the year itself.

With the advent of Spring and school holidays, we bring you a few ideas to keep your little ones busy in this crazy heat.

Kids treats

Kids treats

1. Get them to make Greeting Cards

Preparation Time: 10 mins Activity time: 20 mins

Materials you may need

  • Handmade paper (plain, coloured or textured) available in stationery stores nearest to you
  • Colours – Paints for 5 years and older (acrylic or water based recommended); crayons/ colour pencils for the tots
  • A few coloured beads for decoration
  • A little glitter to add some pizzazz

Tips for kids

  • The theme can feature ideas surrounding Ugadi festivities – let their creative minds take over
  • Beautiful lush green trees with colourful blooming flowers to represent Spring
  • Picture of the entire family all dressed up
  • Picnic at a park
  • A multi-coloured pattern or design

Tips for parents

  • You can fold the paper into different shapes to form a flip open card.
  • Do remember to post your little one’s card either to his/her grandparents or a friend. It will truly be treasured.

How it helps

  • Inculcates creativity
  • Inculcates the habit of sharing one’s joy through greeting others

2. Design a Rangoli

Preparation Time: 30 mins Activity Time: 30-45 mins minimum

You can either create a beautiful rangoli design with your little one or even get your kid’s friends or neighbours to join in and create their own versions – you’ll be surprised at how imaginative they can be.

Materials you may need

  • A variety of rangoli colours – we recommend that you mix the colours with white rangoli and keep them ready for your kids. This not only makes the colours smooth to use but also saves them the time while reducing the mess.
  • Use plastic or non-breakable containers for the colours
  • Chattais or easily washable mats for them to sit on
  • Coloured chalk for the initial sketch
  • Mix of different flowers (maybe 2-3) to add a touch of nature

Tips for kids

  • A few ideas that symbolise Ugadi
  • Floral designs or patterns in multicolour signifying the spring season
  • Birds like peacocks in bright blues and greens
  • A picture of something new that their heart desires – a new car or a new toy*
    (*Hint for mamas and papas!! After all, Ugadi stands for something ‘NEW’ and why not, new clothes, toys, accessories like little bindis and colourful metal bangles to signify a brand new beginning!!)

Tips for parents

  • To have this activity outside the home
  • As per our tradition, we draw a rangoli design at the threshold of our homes in the belief of welcoming all that is good and warding off evil
  • It also makes sure that the mess created is outside the house
  • Do remember to keep tissues, wet wipes or a napkin on standby just in case of an emergency.
  • Take lots of photos to cherish and recall the lovely moments you spent with your kids

3. Plant a seed or a sapling

Preparation Time: 10 mins Activity Time: 30-40 mins

Considering that Ugadi is a time for new beginnings, it’s a great opportunity to get your kid to plant a seed or sapling and experience the drama as it grows. This activity also teaches them responsibility and to take care of something of their own. They can take up the routine of watering the plants daily.

Materials you need

  • A medium sized pot. My choice is a clay pot as it can be painted and personalised by your little one- Acrylic paints works best
  • Mud – a small bag full, depending on the size of your pot
  • Seeds of your choice or a sapling from the nearest nursery. It can either be a flowering plant or a fruit or even a vegetable. A bean seed is great – the plant that grows from it, shows dramatic day-to-day changes your kids would just love!!
  • Water – just a little. Do let them know that too much is unhealthy

Tips for parents

  • By this activity you can bring your little ones closer to nature
  • You can help by explaining how the plant will grow only if it has enough water, sunlight, mud, nutritional supplements and also a good friend who can speak to / greet them every morning.

4. Little hands in the kitchen – Yum golden coloured Murukkus

Preparation Time: 5-7 mins Activity/Cooking Time: 15 mins

Materials you may need

  • Rice Flour – 2 cups
  • Powdered Urad Dal – 1/2 cup (preferably a little roasted)
  • Hing (asafoetida) – just a pinch of it
  • Jeera (cumin seeds) – 1tsp
  • Ajwain (carom seeds) – 1 tsp (optional)
  • White butter – 2-3 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying


  • Mix all the ingredients well and knead it into a soft dough. (Please remember to make sure that the consistency of the dough is just right – not too thin or too thick)
  • Apply /spread just a bit of oil into the murukku presser so that the dough doesn’t stick to it
  • Put the dough into a murukku presser – Your little one can decide what shapes he/she likes best
  • Squeeze the presser down and create a pattern on a waxed paper or an oiled banana leaf

Parent’s side of work

  • Heat the oil in a Kadai (saucepan)
  • Gently drop the pressed murukkus from wax paper or banana leaf into the hot oil
  • Fry till they turn golden brown

Tip for parents

  • Please do keep kids away while you fry the stuff

5. Go for an Ugadi / Guddi Padva lunch date with the family

Here are a few recommendations on where you can enjoy a special meal on this special day.

Hallimane Restaurant

Address: 3rd Cross, Sampige Road,
Malleshwaram, Bangalore
Tel: 080-65611222, +91-9880833199
Timings: Special Buffet from 11:30 am – 3 pm and 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Ugadi Restaurant

Address: 609, 10th A Main,
4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
Tel: 080-41470470, 080-41211484
Timings: 11:30am – 3:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel

Address: 66, Residency Road, Ashok Nagar,
Opp. Galaxy Building, Bangalore
Tel: 080-66604519, 080-66604545
Timings: Special Ugadi Lunch from 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Feast, Sheraton Bangalore Hotel

Address: Brigade Gateway, 26/1, Dr.Rajkumar Road,
Rajajinagar, Malleshwaram, Bangalore
Tel: 080-42521000
Timings: Special buffet from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm

These are just recommendations from us. Please do check the reviews for each at www.zomato.com and www.burrp.com

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