One of the oldest civilizations in the world, India is a mosaic of multicultural experiences. With a rich heritage and myriad attractions, the country is among the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It covers an area of 32, 87,263 sq. km, extending from the snow-covered Himalayan heights to the tropical rain forests of the south. As the 7th largest country in the world, India stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off as it is by mountains and the sea, which give the country a distinct geographical entity.

We @ Richwoods celebrate Diwali or Deepavali,  As most of you know Diwali is also known as Deepavali which means "Row of lights" or "Festival of Lights". Diwali is one of the major Hindu festival celebrated across India and internationally to observe the victory of "good over evil" or "light over darkness".

We @ Richwoods also celebrate Ugadi which is the New Year's Day for the people of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka . It falls generally in the month of March or April in Solar Calendar.

                                 శతయుర్ వజ్రదేహత్వం. 
                                 సర్వసంపత్ ప్రదం తథా ! 
                                 సర్వరిష్టాహారం కుర్వే. 
                                 నింబ ప్రతషణం శుభం !

On Ugadi, it is the tradition to begin the day by partaking of a special preparation known as ‘Ugadi Pacchadi’. Six ingredients go into the making of this dish, each one representative of the six tastes (shadruchulu)– sweet, sour, spicy, salty, savory and bitter. This reminds us to accept both the joys and sorrows that life offers us with equal mindedness.

Festival is celebrated as  "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" which literally translates to "Whole world is one family". Since we do not have a single mailing group for the community, please extend this invitation to your neighbors and friends. The idea of celebrating Ugadi is to express and experience the love of family environment and coming together as a community.


Any questions?


Please reach out to Richwoods Cultural Committee @ richwoodsdiwali@gmail.com