Tamil New Year: An Insight Into This Time Of Reflection, Renewal, and Celebration

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Puthandu, generally referred to as Tamil New Year, is a prominent celebration that is observed by the Tamil population worldwide. The occasion, which ushers in the Hindu calendar’s Tamil month of Chithirai, is known as a time for joy, reflection, and renewal.

The day itself is considered an auspicious for new beginnings. Many Tamils also believe that Puthandu is the day when Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe, started His work of creation.

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Hindus also commemorate this month as the time Lord Vishnu’s incarnation, Lord Rama was born and thus attach great significance to it. More specifically, the ninth day of Chithirai, is thought to be the day that Lord Rama was born and is revered as its own event known as Rama Navami.

During Puthandu, Tamils pray to the Gods and ask for blessings and a prosperous and fruitful year ahead. Devotees go to the numerous temples that organise special puja ceremonies to seek blessings. The Panchangam, a Tamil almanac that foretells the fortunes of the upcoming year, is also read during the event.

Besides that, Puthandu is an opportunity for many Tamils to honour their heritage and embrace the distinctive cultural practises that have been passed down through the years, as opposed to simply observing the new year. The commemoration of the event is marked by an array of customs and rites that are deeply ingrained in Tamil culture – and no, it’s not the same as Deepavali.

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The cooking of a unique dish known as Maanga Pachadi is one of the most significant customs connected with Tamil New Year. This dish, which combines sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy flavours, is meant to represent the variety of happenings in life. The dish, which is a crucial component of the festive dinner, is prepared with raw mango, neem flowers, jaggery, tamarind, and chilli powder.

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The construction of elaborate patterns known as Kolam or Rangoli, which are placed at the door of homes using rice flour, is another significant feature of Tamil New Year. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, these designs are said to bestow wealth and luck on the home.

Finally, Tamil New Year is also distinguished by traditional clothing, with men frequently donning veshtis and shirts and women sporting sarees in vibrant colours and intricate patterns. In addition to greetings and gifts being exchanged, the occasion is also celebrated by gatherings of family and friends.

As we observe Puthandu this year, we are reminded of the rich cultural legacy of the Tamil community and the value of upholding tradition while maintaining an optimistic outlook on the future.

Puthandu Vazhtukal to all those celebrating, and if you don’t have major plans this time around, check out our list of must-see Tamil films from last year!

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