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April 14, 2019
Tamil New Year
|Last Year (2015)||14th April|
|Present Year (2016)||14th April|
|Next Year (2017)||14th April|
Tamil New year popularly known as Puthandu is a Hindu festival observed by Tamils in the states of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in India. The festivals is celebrated in Malaysia, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, and Singapore by the Tamilians with great enthusiasm. On this auspicious day, Tamilians wish each other by saying Puttaṇṭu vaḻttukkaḷ or Iṉiya tamiḻ puttaṇṭu nalvaḻttukkaḷ.
When It Is Celebrated?
Tamil New Year or Puthandu is celebrated in the first month of the Tamil Calendar Chithirai. This auspicious day is also known as Varusha Pirappu which generally falls on thirteen or fourteen April as per the english Gregorian Calendar. As per the mythology on this day Lord Brahma, Hindu God of Creation created the Universe , so Tamilians celebrates this auspicious day as the Tamil New Year.
How It Is Celebrated?
The celebration begins from the last day of the year, Tamilian prepare a tray with three types of fruits (Mango, Banana and Jackfruit), couple of betel leaves with areca nuts placed with gold or silver coin or jewellery , mirror, money , coconuts, rice and flowers. The first thing to do in the early morning is to viewed the prepared Tray and this tradition of viewing auspicious sight called the Kanni. They believe that an auspicious sight which will lead the coming year to be auspicious. After the Kanni , people take an auspicious bath and visit nearby temples for divine blessings.
They decorated theirs Houses with colorful Kolams or Rangoli , and puts Lamp in the center of Kolams called the kuthuvillakku. The lamp is put because it is believed that this lighted lamp will dispel all the darkness. People wear all the new clothes and cooked the delicacies Tamilian food item to celebrate this auspicious day of New Year. In the evening time people visits their family and friends house to wish the New Year .