We wish you a Happy Tamil New Year and hope it illuminates your life with new hope and inspiration.

Puthandu or Varusha Pirappu is celebrated on the first day of the Tamil new year in Tamil Nadu. As per the Hindu solar calendar, Tamil New Year or Puthandu is on April 14, 2015. This day marks the first day of the traditional Tamil calendar. People celebrate this day with much zest and greet each other by saying ‘Puthundu Vazthukal’. The day is spent by feasting on traditional Tamil dishes, giving gifts to each other and visiting homes of near and dear ones. The festival is not only celebrated in Tamil Nadu but also in Sri Lanka.

During this day, Tamilians draw elaborately decorative kolam/ rangoli on the corridor of their homes and have a huge feast. Red milk rice mixed with sugar cane and sweetmeat is also prepared. This auspicious day is chosen by the elders to hand over money to young children as a token of good luck on the first day of the New Year.

During this time period, one gets to see the neem trees blooming with fresh mangoes, which is seen as symbol of growth and prosperity. Temples hold special rituals and other functions to mark this day. The auspicious time to set fire to the hearth is at 2:05 PM. The inauspicious time will begin from 7:23 AM and end at 8:11 PM. Wearing red hued attire is believed to be a good omen on this day.

This year, on Tamil New year Tamil Nadu is getting a bountiful gift from Andhra Pradesh as the gates of Kandaleru have been opened to supply gurgling Krishna river water to the Poondi reservoir. Chief Minister O Paneerselvam had reviewed the water crisis and post that, the water has been allowed to release into Poondi on April 14. However, the Tamil Nadu Transport Unions have announced a one day strike that collides with the Tamil New Year. We wish you a Happy Tamil New Year and hope it illuminates your life with new hope and inspiration.

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