According to the Gregorian calendar, the Puthandu or Tamil New Year is celebrated on April 14 every year. This festival is specially celebrated in Tamil Nadu. On this day, Tamil people greet each other by saying ‘Puthandu Vazthukal’ which means ‘Happy New Year’. Puthandu is the first day of the Tamil calendar, hence called Tamil New Year. On this day the festival Baisakhi in Central and North India.
On this day of Tamil New Year beautiful kolams are made with colored rice powder at the main entrance of the house. Along with this, delicious dishes are made at home. According to mythology, Lord Indra is said to have traveled the earth in his white chariot and bathed in Kiri Saurya, or milk, and broke the earth’s gravity.
Tamil people wake up early on this day. After bathing, go to the temple and worship the Lord with full rituals and pray for the happiness and peace of the family. Most people spend time with their family on this day. The new year is welcomed with positive energy. Tamil Hindu people decorate their homes with different types of beautiful designs on this day and celebrate happiness. It includes everything from sweet to sour and spicy.