Tamil New Year

Tamil New Year Quick Facts - AU

AKA NameTamil Puthandu, Puthuvarusham
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2024 Date14 April 2024
2025 Date14 April 2025

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Tamil New Year History

Tamil New Year, also known as Puthandu, represents the advent of Spring, the reaping of harvests and is a time to celebrate prosperity and wellness. This observance is filled with multiple cultural rituals and practices like home – adornment, wearing new clothes, feasting on a specially prepared meal, and visits to temples. The day is also marked with a unique practice of viewing 'Kanni' - the auspicious sight, which is believed to bring good fortune for the entire year.

The Tamil New Year has roots dating back to thousands of years, tying to the Hindu solar calendar and the zodiac sign of Mesha Rashi or Aries. The observance has been traditionally celebrated in many parts of the world where the Tamil community has a presence, including Australia. The people of Tamil origin in Australia often view this as an important opportunity to uphold their cultural identity, maintain ties with their roots, and pass on traditions to the younger generation.

In Australia, the Observance of Tamil New Year is usually marked by get-togethers and community celebrations within the Tamil diaspora. Events can include cultural music and dance performances, meals featuring traditional Tamil cuisine, and religious activities. It is a day for Tamil Australians to rekindle their social links and strengthen their community spirit. Tamil New Year typically occurs in mid-April following the southern hemisphere's vernal equinox, aligning with the commencement of the traditional Tamil solar calendar, but the specific dates can vary slightly from year to year based upon the astronomical calculations.

Facts about Tamil New Year

  • 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.
  • Tamil New Year provides an opportunity for Tamil Australians to deepen their connection to their cultural heritage, while also sharing and promoting their rich traditions within the wider Australian society.
  • Also known as Puthandu, the Tamil New Year in Australia often includes special prayers at Hindu temples. The Australian Tamil community organises various religious, cultural and social events as part of the celebrations.

Top things to do in Australia for Tamil New Year

  • 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.
  • Participate in Community Gatherings: Engage in community gatherings where special meals are served. These typically include traditional Tamil New Year dishes like Mangai Pachadi (a dish made from raw mangoes, jaggery and neem flowers), and Veppam Poo Rasam (a soup made from neem flowers).
  • Attend the Tamil New Year Cultural Festival: The Australian Tamil community often organizes cultural festivals around Tamil New Year, showcasing traditional music, dances, and cuisine. These events are usually attended by both the Tamil community and Australians interested in multicultural celebrations.

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