Puthandu Vazthukal


The Tamil New Year follows the Nirayanam vernal equinox and generally falls on 14 April of the Gregorian year.The day is Chithirai 1 as per the Tamil calender.

Every year,starting on this day, in the temple city of Madurai, the Chitterai Thiruvizha is celebrated in the Meenakshiamman Temple. A huge exhibition is held here, called Chitterai Porutkaatchi.

This day is celebrated with neem flowers and raw mangoes to symbolize growth and prosperity and people greet each other by saying  ‘Puthandu Vazthukal’.

Sri Lankan Tamils observe the day with the first financial transaction known as the ‘Kai-vishesham’ where elders gift money to the unmarried young, particularly children as a token of good luck. The day is also observed with the ‘arpudu’ or the first ploughing of the ground to prepare for the new agricultural cycle. The ‘punya-kaalam’ or auspicious time when the sun reportedly shifts from Meena raasi to Mesha raasi is considered ideal to commence new activities on a favorable note.


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