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Tamil New Year or Puthandu
Significance:Tamil New year/ Harvest Festival
'Puthandu' popularly known as 'Varusha Pirappu', marks the
beginning of the Dravidian New Year in the State of Tamil Nadu. The focus
is on prosperity throughout the year, and a prayer of thanks to the gods.
Tamil New year is celebrated on the first day of the Tamil Month Chithirai which
normally falls on April 13th or 14th every year.
it is believed that Lord Brahma, the God of creation, began creating the world
on this day. Tamilians herald the new year, greeting each other 'Puthandu
Vazthukkal' with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm. Special Kolams are drawn
outside the front door, and people dress up in new clothes, feast, exchange greetings and offer prayers
at temples. It is the day to give an auspicious start to the coming year by
looking at all things nice and wonderful - fresh fruits, vegetables, clean
rice and coconuts are kept in a decorated pile in front of the gods. The day
is also associated with the harvest festival celebrated in many other parts
of the country. Farmers pray for rainfall and good harvest.
Tamilians feast on dishes like Vada and payasam (Kheer) and
other savouries. The special dish of the day is 'mango Pachidi' made with neem
flowers, jaggery, mango, green chilli, salt and tamarind juice representing
the six major emotions that humans experience.
Hordes of devotees throng temples across Tamil Nadu to propitiate
Hindu deities on the occasion of Tamil New Year as Hindus believe that offering
special prayers on the occasion brings them prosperity. Endless queues of
devotees wait from dawn at temples, especially temples such as Meenakshi temple
in Madurai, Manakkula Vinayagar Temple in Puducherry, Sri Parthasarathy
& Kapaleeswrar temple in Chennai etc. Cultural processions
are held at various places with variety of dances and traditional arts. Fireworks
and live music shows are also organised to mark the occasion.
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