Submitted by Editor on Sat, 2016-04-23 20:39 Dubai: Kannadiga brahmins in UAE celebrated Ugadi in a grand traditional manner. Festivities were led by Krishna Raja Thanti Manipal. On the auspicious day, many visited temples in Dubai early in the morning to pray for prosperous year. Brahmin Samaj – UAE had organised a puja to mark the festivities. Although it was a small gathering, the event turned out be special as they were celebrating far from their families. Women prepared special recipes such as Ugadi pachadi and puran poli. The pachadi, a mixture of neem flower, raw mango, tamarind juice, pepper, jaggery and salt symbolises a mixture of ups and downs and happiness and sadness in life. However, the main feature of Ugadi is the ‘panchanga pathanam’ or the reading of the almanac that predictsthe year ahead including timely arrival of monsoon, good rainfall and a bumper harvest is forecast for thecurrent year.