Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Puthandu or Varusha Pirappu is celebrated on the first day of the Tamil new year in Tamil Nadu. As per the Hindu solar calendar, Tamil New Year or Puthandu is on April 14, 2015. This day marks the first day of the traditional Tamil calendar and  the festival is the first day of the beginning of the year.

Malayalam New Year is known as Vishu, 
Bengali New Year as Pohela Boishakh, 
Tamil New Year as Puthandu.

Vishu is an auspicious festival in Kerela, which is celebrated with great joy by decorating lights and bursting firecrackers. On this day, the fun part is buying new clothes and giving money to your younger ones known as 'Vishu Kaineettam'. People greet each other by saying Vishu Ashamsakal, and visit prominent temples like Sabarimala Ayyappan Temple or Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple.

Bengalis greet people saying Shubho Noboborsho on their new year, Pohela Boishakh. In Kolkata, the festival is considered an auspicious time for marriages. Offering prayers for one's well being, wearing new clothes, touching elders' feet, are the part of the occasion.

Tamilians celebrate Puthandu by greeting people, saying Puthandu Vazhthukal. On the eve of Puthandu, a tray arranged with three fruits (mango, banana and jack fruit), betel leaves and arecanut, gold/silver jewellery, coins/money, flowers and a mirror is placed. This is to be viewed upon waking in the morning. Big feast and decorations take place in all Tamil homes.
 This auspicious day is chosen by the elders to hand over money to young children as a token of good luck on the first day of the New Year.
During this time period, one gets to see the neem trees blooming with fresh mangoes, which is seen as symbol of growth and prosperity. Temples hold special rituals and other functions to mark this day.
This day is spent by feasting on traditional Tamil dishes ,giving gifts to each other and visiting homes of near and dear ones

A new beginning… New hopes… and new horizons to reach… May the Sun radiate all the goodness of life… In the coming year and always! Happy Tamil New Year to all.

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