Tamil New Year

Tamil New Year Quick Facts

AKA NameTamil Puthandu, Puthuvarusham
Hashtags#TamilNewYear, #Puthandu, #Puthuvarudam
2020 DateApril 14, 2020
2021 DateApril 14, 2021
Tamil New Year

Tamil New Year History

Tamil New Year, known as Puthandu in Tamil, is celebrated by Tamils in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Réunion and Mauritius. It marks the first day of the Hindu solar calendar which follows the vernal equinox, when day and night are of approximately equal duration all over the planet.

Tamil New Year Facts

  • On the eve of Puthandu, Kanni - which is a tray arranged with mango, banana, jack fruit, betel leaves and arecanut, gold/silver jewelry, coins/money, flowers and a mirror is place. This is viewed upon waking in the morning.
  • Elders give money and gifts to their young ones in the family to bless them with good luck.
  • 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 - 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.
  • Prepare one of these Tamil meat recipes.
  • 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.

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