Tamil New Year or Puthandu is the celebration of the beginning of the Tamil calendar and the first day of the year. This festival is held during the month of Chaitra of the Hindu calendar which falls on the month of April or May.
- On this day people greet each other saying Puthandu Vazthukal which means Happy New Year. These days is also known as Varusha Pirappuv. According to the Hindu Mythology Lord Brahma created the universe on this day. It is also said that Goddess Meenakshi got married to Lord Sundareshwar on this day.
- The main highlight of the Tamil New Year is the food called ‘Maanga Pachadi’. This dish is made of raw mangoes, jiggery sweet tasting neem flowers and other essential ingredients. This food characterizes different types of tastes which symbolizes every aspect of life, from success to defeat.
- On the day of Puthandu or Tamil New Year people observe some rituals for the well being and the prosperity of their family. People get up early at the morning and go for the view of Kanni believing that it will bring good fortunes throughout the year.
- The Kanni includes include gold and silver jewelery, betel leaves, nuts, fruits and vegetables, flowers, rice and coconuts etc. Then they take bath and visit the temple to pray for a good and prosperous new year. They read the Panchangam or the Almanac after that.
- Women of the family draw Kolams or designs at the main entrance of the house and decorated the doors with flowers and mango leaves which are considered to be very auspicious. A decorated lamp called Kuthuvillakku is placed at the center of the Kolam which is believed to bring light to the house.