Iniya Thamizh Puthandu Vazthukal !

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"Puthandu" marks the Tamil New Year’s Day and is celebrated in the beginning of Chithirai - the first month in the Tamil Calendar year. The auspicious occasion of Puthandu is also popularly known as Varusha Pirappu and falls on April 13th or 14th..
Entrances of houses are adorned with ‘Kolam’ (design made with rice flour) and doorways

are decked with mango leaves which symbolizes prosperity and well-being.
The highlight of the festival is the 'Maanga Pachadi' ~ a chutney made out of raw mangoes, jaggery, chilli powder and neem flowers, with
Arusuvai or six tastes. This signifies all the different aspects of our life.
Apart from the special Pachadi, Vadai and Payasam are served with Rice, Sambhar and Rasam.

In a recent Assembly Resolution, Tamilnadu Government has resolved that henceforth, January 14th of every year will be celebrated as Tamil New Year's day in addition to the famous harvest festival Pongal.
There is a controversy as to whether the Tamil New Year falls around the 14th of April or on the 14th of January.
For several years, we have followed the tradition to celebrate it on the first of the Tamil month of Chithirai. Now it is claimed by learned people well versed in Tamil and Tamil culture that the day of Thai Pongal should be the Tamil New Year. They say that the 14th of April is the Hindu New Year. It has to be seen whether the above move denies April 13/14 the festivities enjoyed by it for time immemorial.
Our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents have all celebrated the first day of Chithirai as the Tamil New Year. We have been following most of the customs they left behind, so our family has decided to celebrate April 13th as the Tamil New Year.

13 comments:

  1. Tamil Puthandu Vashuthuigal for u to cilantro.U have a nice blog here.Do visit my blog if u have time

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  2. Puthaandu Vazhthukkal Sarada..

    mm..chennai la..ellarum tamil puthaandaga thaan celebrate panroam..eppadi overnight la mara mudiyum?

    Nice picture.

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  3. I agree that you can't just decide to change the day of the new year at your whim and fancy. who gives you the right? (I ask!).

    It would be like decreeing that there are only 11 months from now in the English calendar and not 12!

    Its one thing to change the name of the city, but to decide that a calendar is wrong is crazy - especially a calendar that has been followed for centuries - long before these so called "learned" people were born!!

    LOL! Sorry to rant, but it gets me mad.

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  4. And Happy New Year to you too!!

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  5. Gov can change and policy too :) But Tamil New Year i stick on Chithirai only. En inniya Tamizh Puthandu Vazhthugal.

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  6. இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்...

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  7. Iniya puthaandu Nalvaalthukkal

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  8. தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள் !

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  9. Thank you Kamala, Lavi, Arundathi, Cham, Dhivya,Divya Vikram, Revathi and SMN.
    Let`s celebrate irrespective of our leaders choice.

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