Around Town: Hundreds celebrate South Indian new year festival
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Young performers — including Taruni Mudunuri of Mountain House, at left — twirled and sang on stage April 13 as local families observed Ugadi, a Hindu festival that originated in Andhra Pradesh, India, with a day of song, dance, fashion and food at Questa School in Mountain House.

About 250 people attended the celebration, which was sponsored by Mountain House Area Telugu Association and organized by a team of volunteers.

Ugadi is a springtime festival that marks the beginning of a new astronomical cycle using a lunisolar calendar. In preparation, people clean their houses, buy new clothes, take ritual showers and pray for health and prosperity in the coming year.

Courtesy of Ravikiran Kethidi

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