Tamil New Year

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AKA NameTamil Puthandu, Puthuvarusham
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2023 DateApril 14, 2023
2024 DateApril 14, 2024
Tamil New Year

Tamil New Year History

Tamil New Year, also known as Puthandu, celebrates the first day of the year of the Tamil calendar. It serves as a festive in which families can spend time with one another. This day is celebrated in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. It is also celebrated in Malaysia, Singapore, and other states with Tamil people. Popular greetings include Puthāaṇdu vāazhthugal or Iṉiya puthaandu nalvāazhthugal, which means happy new year.

Tamil New Year can be traced as far back as the 3rd century CE but it is unknown when it first started being celebrated. Today, it is celebrated annually on April 14th.

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Tamil New Year Facts

  • A ritual called Kanni is performed on morning of Puthandu. The Pooja room is decorated with a large mirror as well as with trays holding different assortments. These include signs of prosperity like fruit, flowers, and jewelry. An altar is lit and then families usually visit their local temple.
  • Neem flowers and fresh mangoes, which are in full bloom during this season are believed to be a sign of prosperity. They are used to prepare Maanga Pachadi - a New Year's Eve dish which is sweet, sour and bitter to signify different aspects of life.
  • Many people in Tamil Nadu also celebrate Puthandu as the day when Lord Brahma, the Hindu God of Creation, started creation.

Tamil New Year Top Events and Things to Do

  • Make your own Kolam. Kolams are South Indian decorative designs traditionally drawn on the doorsteps of homes. They are thought to bring prosperity. Kolams are made with materials such as rice flour, chalk, chalk powder and rock powder. Take a look at these examples.
  • Watch the 1992 movie Thevar Magan. It is a story about Sakthivel, a Tamil man who goes back to India after receiving his education in London. His aspirations are to open a restaurant chain. However, his father, the village chieftain, wants him to help the town people.

Tamil New Year Day References and Related Sites

www.timesnownews.com: Interesting Facts about Puthandu

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