It’s that time of the year again when we prepare Bevu Bella – a traditional offering made of neem leaves and jaggery.
It’s time to ring in Ugadi (New Year in our part of India).
Neem represents the bitter moments of life, while jaggery stands for the sweet moments.
A mixture of these bittersweet ingredients is prepared and savored on Ugadi.
Apart from neem and jaggery, some people also add other items that represent specific emotions – pepper(anger), salt(fear), tamarind(disgust), and raw mango(surprise).
Let us accept the varied facets of being human, celebrate our humanness, and welcome another prosperous New Year into our lives.
I wish you a Happy Ugadi 2022!