Representing the rich traditional indigenous culture and heritage of Mysore, the festival of Yugadi is celebrated with great religious passion and enthusiasm. Popularly referred to as the New Year of the local inhabitants of Mysore, Yugadi is observed with religious rituals and devotion. Celebrated with much fanfare in the end of March or the beginning of April, Yugadi reflects the religious zeal and fervor of the native population of Mysore.

The city of Mysore wears a traditional decorative look on the special festive occasion of Yugadi. The houses are white washed and decorative with neem leaves to suit the occasion. Preparations for this special religious occasion of Yugadi start from the beginning of March. Men and women purchase household goods and new dresses for themselves. Exchange of gifts among close family members and friends is a common feature of Yugadi.

On the special festive occasion of Yugadi, local inhabitants pay obeisance to the Supreme Being and ask for peace and prosperity for the coming year. Fairs are organized in and around the city of Mysore to add to the joyous mood of the festival. The local indigenous population exchange greetings and pray for each other's prosperity and success.

A special dinner is prepared by the womenfolk of Mysore to mark the special occasion of Yugadi. Reflecting the rich heritage and cultural ancestry of the bygone golden era, Yugadi is observed in strict accordance to the traditional customs and rituals. One of the important fairs and festivals in Mysore, Yugadi spreads happiness and rejuvenates the otherwise monotonous regular life with a fresh bout of energy and vigor.

Last Updated on 9/14/2011