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Tamil Puthandu, Tamil New Year Date, When is Tamil New Year

(14 April, 2020)

Tamil New Year Calendar

Weekday Date Year Name
Saturday Apr 14 2018 Tamil New Year
Sunday Apr 14 2019 Tamil New Year
Tuesday Apr 14 2020 Tamil New Year
Wednesday Apr 14 2021 Tamil New Year
Tuesday Apr 14 2022 Tamil New Year
Friday Apr 14 2023 Tamil New Year
Tamil Puthandu

Thinking about the festivals reminds us of the most colourful & the cheerful world we live in. India is the country which is known for its rich culture, diversity, traditions and its wide range of festivals. Puthandu is a festival celebrated in India which marks the beginning of Tamil New Year. It is one of the most auspicious and significant festival which is usually celebrated on 14 April every year as per the Gregorian calendar. The day is marked as a holiday for people living in Tamil Nadu. People spend their day by celebrating with loved ones and send lots of love and greetings to make the occasion more cheerful.

Interesting facts about Tamil New Year

  • Tamil New year is celebrated by Tamils in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, and Mauritius.

  • Known as Puthandu in Tamil. 

  • On the eve of Puthandu, Kanni - which is a tray arranged with mango, banana, Jack fruit, betel leaves and arecanut gold, silver, coins or money, flowers and a mirror is placed.

  • Kolams are decorated on every Tamil's doorstep as they are believed to bring prosperity to the house.

  • There is a ritual in households to read the Panchagam to find out the yearly astrological predictions on this day.

  • Manga Pachadi'. A Mango dish is made of, jaggery, salt, neem leaves or flowers, tamarind and green mangoes which encompass the 4 tastes of sweet, salty, bitter and sour. It symbolises the different experiences of life and teaches us that life is the combination of both success and failures.

  • People wear new clothes and children go to elders to pay their respects and seek their blessings.


  • 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.

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  • 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.