Ugadi is not just a festival, it's a day which binds minds and hearts together and builds bridges of bonding between people. The joy of togetherness is felt in this festival that ushers in new hopes and new aspirations. A few verses of the poem by the famous Kannada poet Da. Ra. Bendre is worth recollecting here –“Yuga Yugaadi Kaledaru Yugadi Marali Baruthide Hosa Varushake Hosa Harushava Hosathu Hosathu Taruthide.” Let us celebrate this Festival of Joy and Sharing by resolving to face life as it comes with a cool mind without bemoaning anything. Every individual has the privilege to enjoy peace, prosperity, health, wealth and happiness, provided he imbibes noble virtues and practices them in life. Let the Festival spread Happiness and the Fragrance of Universal Brotherhood. Special delicacies are prepared and dishes like puliyogare, holige, payasa are a must on the festive menu apart from the regular rice, sambar. Prior to savouring the Ugadi lunch, jaggery, mango pieces and neem flowers served to God is had as prasadam, signifying that life was a combination of sweet, sour and bitter moments.