Chennai: Andhraites and Kannadigas in Tamil Nadu Monday celebrated the Telugu and Kannada New Year Ugadi with traditional fervour.
People went to temples to perform special poojas for the auspicious day and later visited relatives, friends and neighbours to share Ugadi dishes.
The day starts early with everyone in the family taking head bath. The house is decorated with kolam (rangoli) outside the front door. Mango leaf streamers adorn the doors. Gold ornaments are placed before the deity.
"The main dish is the Ugadi Pacchidi made with neem flowers, jaggery, mango, green chilli, salt and tamarind juice representing the six different emotions that humans experience. Each of them is taken equally," Mahalakshmi Ram, a trainer at an IT company, told IANS.
"The Ugadi Pacchidi, vada and other goodies are shared with neigbours. We also visit our elderly relatives and seek their blessings," she added.