Puthandu: Unveil Some Facts Of The Tamil New Year
The Tamil New Year, which occurs on the first day of the month of Chithirai, is celebrated as Tamil Puthandu. The Tamil solar calendar’s first month is Chittirai, and the new calendric year begins with Puthandu. It is also known as Varusha pirappu.
Puthandu is a day of feasting and revelry in Southern India, especially in the state of Tamilnadu. People enjoy the festival with much expectation and optimism, hoping that the coming New Year will bring them happiness and good fortune. It is often thought to be a good day to launch a new company or plan.
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Tamil Puthandu Date And Time
Puthandu Festival Significance
Puthandu Festival Rituals
The Custom Of Kanni
On this day, a popular custom of ‘Kanni’ is followed where the auspicious sight is carried a day before the rituals. A platter is decorated with a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as Neem flowers and leaves, new clothing, gold or silver jewellery, and currency, on the eve of Puthandu. This platter is then set in front of a mirror in the temple room of the building. It is done to ensure that Kanni is seen at the first sight. It is believed that seeing Kanni, at first sight, would bring peace and success in the New Year ahead.
The Preparation Of Platter
People see the reflection of the platter full of things symbolising success the next morning, shortly after waking up. The entire family then prepares for the prayers, which are accompanied by a feast that primarily consists of pacchadi made of grated raw mango, jaggery, salt, red chillies, neem leaves, a splash of turmeric, and oil. The raw mango adds sourness, while neem adds bitterness, jaggery adds flavour, and chillies addTamil New Year pungency, among other things. It serves as a reminder that life is a jumble of emotions. As a result, one must love life and embrace all it has to do.