The significance of Tamil New year


Tamil new year, also known as Tamil puthandu, is the first day of Tamil calendar. The Tamil new year also called as chithirai thirunal or varuda pirappu. Tamil new year holds a special significance to Tamilians; not only for the language but also the belief that lord Brahma started the creation of the world on this day. Lets have a look at the rituals followed on Tamil Puthandu.

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Puthandu rituals

Puthandu celebration begins with drawing rangolis (kolam), filled with beautiful colours; deck the door with mango leaves at the entrance of the house. The rituals of Puthandu begins a day before. Place fruits (jackfruit, banana and mango), silver/gold jewelry, money, areca nut, betel leaves, mirror and flowers on a tray and place it in-front of the god. Therefore, the first thing to look in the morning would the God and the plate. This ritual commonly known as ‘kanni’, where people believe that this practice brings happiness and prosperity in the coming year.

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Special recipes of tamil puthandu 

One of the special dish prepared on Tamil puthandu is Mangai-pachadi, which includes a variety of flavors to signify the different periods in life. In this menu payasam and vada are mandatory. Vegetarian food is served on this day. 

Above is the significance of Tamil new year like other linguistic new years. Hence, Similar to Tamil puthandu, linguistic new years are celebrated with different names throughout India.  Vishu in Kerala, Ugadi in Telugu community, Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra.