Puthandu or Tamil New Year is celebrated on the first day of the Tamil month of Chithirai. It is also known as Tamil Varudha Pirappu. Chittirai is the beginning and first month of the Tamil solar calendar and Puthandu marks the onset of the new calendric year. In Tamilnadu, Sankranthi takes place after sunrise and before sunset and the year commences on the same day. If Sankranthi celebrates after sunset then the year begins on the following day. For this year, Puthandu will occur on Tuesday, April 14. The Sankranthi moment on the day of Puthandu will be at 08:43 PM.

Puthandu Festival Significance

Puthandu is the first day of the Tamil New Year based on their solar calendar. This day is celebrated by the Tamil communities as a day when Lord Brahma created the Universe while some believe that Lord Indra.

In South India, especially in Tamilnadu, Puthandu is a day of feasting and merrymaking. People celebrate the festival with immense hope and happy to ensure that the commencing New Year may fill their lives with prosperity and good fortune. They believe this is the best day and considered to be an auspicious day to start new businesses or ventures.

Rituals & Celebrations Tamil New Year:

The Tamil Puthandu signifies the onset of the beginning of the Tamilian New Year. It is considered an auspicious day for Tamil people to embark on life’ journey into a fresh New Year and renew filial bonds.

• A well-known custom of ‘Kanni’ is followed where the favorable sight is conveyed a day prior to the ceremonies. A plate enhanced with natural products, adornments, money, betel leaves, blossoms, and a mirror is set to guarantee that Kanni is seen at the principal sight. As it is a conviction that seeing Kanni at the primary sight gets satisfaction and flourishing the coming New Year.

‘Kolam’ or powdered rice flour is utilized to wonderfully design houses and the environment. ‘Kuthuvilakku’ which connotes a light is put in the Kolam that speaks to the expulsion of murkiness from life.

• People wear new bright garments and welcome each other by wishing Puthandu Pirappu or Puthandu Vazthukal which signifies ‘Upbeat New Year’.

• Delicacies, for example, Asma, Aluva, Aggala, jelapi, Kokis and Atirasam are readied three days before the New Year. These are uncommon things cooked during Puthandu.

• Children feel energized as they get endowments and cash tokens from older peoples.

• Devotees visit sanctuaries to get divine gifts. While some Tamilian families perform ceremonies like ‘Tharpanam’ for the salvation of the withdrew spirits of their precursors.

• The features of the New Year day is the sorting out of a vehicle celebration at Tiruvidaimarudur and the amazing marriage of Goddess Meenakshi to Lord Sundareswarar in the popular sanctuary of Madurai.

• Puthandu is the primary day of the Tamil New Year and is commended according to customary rituals. This day is praised as New Year in numerous locales or conditions of India with various names. Vishu in Kerala, Baisakhi in Punjab, Pana Sankranti in Odisha and Pohela Boishakh in West Bengal.

Happy Tamil Puthandu 2020!

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