Puthandu or Tamil New Year is an annual festival in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor by the Tamil community. Apart from Tamil Nadu, Puthandu is also celebrated in other countries like Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Mauritius, where Tamil people live.
According to the Tamil Panchang, Tamil New Year is annually marked on the first day of the first month of Chithirai.
Tamil New Year 2022 Date
As we told you earlier that Puthandu marks the beginning of the new year in Tamil Nadu. According to the Tamil Hindu Panchang, this year the festival is falling on April 14, 2022. Interestingly, Puthandu falls on the same day every year.
Puthandu History, Significance & Importance
According to mythological beliefs, Lord Brahma, one of the three supreme deities of Hinduism and the creator of the entire universe, created the world on this day. Along with this, the people of the Tamil community also believe that on this day Lord Indra, the king of heaven, and all the gods came to verify the peace and harmony on earth on this day.
Celebration And Rituals
On the occasion of Tamil New Year people exchanges greetings with friends, relatives, or loved ones by meeting physically or via mobile phones by saying “புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்!” “Happy New Year!” in English. People also spent time with their families on this day. People also make beautiful Rangolis at the entrance of their houses.
Talking about the rituals of the day, on the day of Chithirai Thirunal people wake up early in the morning. After bathing, they visit temples to get blessings from the god for the upcoming year. Then people greet each other by exchanging sweets and wishes. People get the blessings of the elders of the family.
In the Bhoga, Bananas and Mangoes are offered to God on this day. People also offer gold or silver coins to God.
Kolam, a traditional rangoli design created using colored rice is also made at the entrance of the house, as it’s considered very auspicious. Various types of dishes are prepared on this day using mango, jaggery, banana, and neem leaves.
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