Tamil New Year Calendar
|Thursday||Apr 14||2016||Tamil New Year|
|Friday||Apr 14||2017||Tamil New Year|
|Saturday||Apr 14||2018||Tamil New Year|
|Sunday||Apr 14||2019||Tamil New Year|
The Tamil New Year, which is known as Puthandu, is one of the most auspicious and significant celebrations of Tamil Nadu. The day is normally celebrated in Chithirai, which is the first day of the Tamil month and is observed every year on either April 13 or 14. This year the day will be observed on April 14, which happens to be Saturday. The day is a holiday in Tamil Nadu.
The day is of great significance for the Tamil community in India as well as around the world. People, on this day, offer their thanks to the Gods, and also pray that there may be prosperity all through the year.
On the Tamil New Year, people wear new clothes and prepare special dishes at home. Some of the mouth-watering dishes that are relished on this day include payasam and vada. Other than that, mango pachidi is a special dish consumed on Tamil New Year. This dish is made of six ingredients which symbolize the six emotions of mankind. These six ingredients are – green chilli, neem flowers, salt, tamarind juice, jaggery and mango.
On this day, large crowds of devotees can be seen at many temples. Devotees throng to the temples to seek blessings of God. At Meenakshi Temple in Madurai the Chithrai Thiruvizha is celebrated where a huge exhibition is organized. This exhibition is known as Chithrai Porutkaatchi. Other than this, large crowds can also be seen at famous temples such as the Sri Parthasarathy & Kapaleeswrar temple, which are located in Chennai, Puducherry's Manakkula Vinayagar Temple and many others. At Tiruvadamarudur near Kumbakonam a huge car festival is held. At Kanchipuram, Tiruchirapalli, and many other places, Puthandu Festivals are organized. Apart from this cultural processions are also organized in various parts of the country. Traditional arts and many types of dances mark these processions. Fireworks and musical shows add more fun to the festival.
To welcome the Tamil New Year, people get their houses painted. People also take the opportunity to visit their family and friends to exchange greetings as well as sweets and gifts with them. Youngsters visit their elders to seek their blessings. People greet each other by saying Puttantu Valttukkal, which is Happy New Year.
People wake up early and women embellish the entrances to their homes by preparing beautiful kolam patterns, which are made with colored rice powder. Kuthuvillakku, which is a lamp, is placed in the center of the kolam. This is done in the belief that the Kuthuvillakku will chase away the darkness. People begin the day with kanni. This means auspicious sight and includes watching auspicious items such as betel leaves, vegetables, raw rice, gold and silver jewelery etc.