Yugadi or Ugadi
is the first day of the Hindu calendar (first day of the first
month, the Chaitra).
and also in some parts of the country, the tender leaves of neem
mixed with jaggery are distributed on the occasion. The neem,
extremely bitter in taste, and jaggery sweet and delicious, signify
the two conflicting aspects of human life - joy and sorrow, called
as Bevu-Bella (a mixture of neem and jaggery in equal
measure). This denotes the acceptance by man of all the sweet
(jaggery) and bitter (neem) things that are in store for him in
the coming year, with gratitude.
forward on this occasion is the Obattu, a sweet prepared mostly
in Karnataka which comes in various varieties like Kai Obbattu,
Bele Obbattu, Sakkare Obbattu etc.
festival for the Kannadigas.