Happy Tamil New Year!

Happy Tamil New Year

Happy Tamil New Year

Happy Tamil New Year

‘Iniya Puthandu Vazthukal’ which means Happy New Year in Tamil language is the popular greeting that Tamils around the world exchange today to celebrate the beginning of New Year as per the Tamil Calendar.

Puthandu (Tamil: புத்தாண்டு), or better known as Tamil New Year, is the celebration of the first day of the Tamil new year in mid-April by Tamils in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in India, and also by Tamils in Sri Lanka and by the Tamil population in Malaysia, Singapore and Mauritius. On this day, Tamil people greet each other by saying “Puthandu Vazthukal” ( புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள் ) or “Iniya Tamizh Puthandu Nalvaazhthukkal” (இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்), which means “wish you a happy new year”. The festive occasion is in keeping with theHindu solar calendar.


Tamil people celebrate Tamil new year on 14 April. This is the month of Chittirai, the first month of the Tamil solar calendar. On the eve of Puthandu, a tray arranged with three fruits (mango,banana and jack fruit), betel leaves and arecanut, gold/silver jewellery, coins/money, flowers and a mirror is placed. This is to be viewed upon waking in the morning. In the temple city of Madurai, the Chitterai Thiruvizha is celebrated in the famous Meenakshi Temple. A huge exhibition is held, called Chitterai Porutkaatchi. In some parts of Southern Tamil Nadu, it is called Chittirai Vishu. The day is marked with a feast in Tamil homes and entrances to the houses are decorated elaborately with kolams. In most parts of India, one can see neem trees blooming with their flowers and the first batch of mangoes hanging prominently. This day is celebrated by some communities with neem flowers and raw mangoes to symbolize growth and prosperity.

On the day of Tamil New Year, a big Car Festival is held at Tiruvidaimarudur near Kumbakonam. Festivals are also held atTiruchirapalli, Kanchipuram and many other places.

This year, like every year, Tamil people celebrate their New year on 14th April. People celebrate Tamil New year in different ways like wishing each other, gift giving, visiting friend’s house etc. The modern generation celebrates Tamil New year through Social Medias by sending sms, greetings and messages through Whatsapp or Facebook. We wish our readers a very happy and prosperous New Year starting today on 14th April 2017.

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