It’s wonderful weather outside , after going through rough time with my eye infection for last two weeks ,I feel happy and healthier now.Ugadi …telugu new year …a festival…a time to remember the past,celebrate the present and dream for the future.
Today ,Iam sharing a Ugadi tradition which is followed in most parts of telangana , Andhra pradesh .
Making Garlands(necklaces) for kids with different edible materials is a fun tradition for this festival . These garlands are generally sent by maternal Grandmother as a gift to Grandchildren.
I am going to share few garlands(necklaces) , made through the years for my son Ashrith .
Ugadi Tradition: Making Garlands ( Necklaces) for Kids
Raisins/fruit loops/biscuits/Chakkara Achchulu
Using a thread and needle ,tie a knot at the end and thread the edible materials u want to string and in the center add a dry coconut with the white open side facing down.Make as many colorful patterns as you like with different materials .
Note: Double the thread for giving extra strength to the garland .As you may see in the picture above, I made a fruit loops necklace garland for my friend’s daughter Saanvi……she looks so pretty and a perfect color match for her traditional clothes.For the fruits loops ,I used a string that looks just like the one we use to tie our examination papers in India but green in color.It is very easy making garlands using a string even kids can involve.If you live in India ,you can make garlands out of Chakkara Achchulu (Sugar Figurines).
This garland was made using Ritz crackers …bcos they have holes which makes it very easy to thread .
Thanks to my friend Radhika who gave me this idea of adding a gold pendant to the raisins garland for a dazzling look!
If you notice this pic , it is a candy garland bought from Easter stuff and to the center of it ,is attached a silver coconut which my mother sent for Ashrith from India .
If you ask me what is the significance of this ? I really don’t know but one thing I know for sure is its fun to make for our kids and see them smile.
Hey , do you have any Ugadi family tradition that is fun or unique ,Please share …I would love to hear about it .Also share your creative ideas for making the garlands(necklaces) if you follow this tradition .
Advance Happy Ugadi Wishes to all !!