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April 14, 2023
Tamil New Year, also known as Puthandu or Varusha Pirappu, is the first day of the Tamil calendar, which falls on the 14th of April every year. It is a significant cultural and religious festival celebrated by Tamil people all over the world, particularly in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in India, as well as in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, and Mauritius.
The festival marks the beginning of a new year according to the Tamil calendar, which follows a solar cycle and is based on the position of the sun. On this day, people wear new clothes, decorate their homes with colorful kolams (rangolis), and prepare a special dish called “mango pachadi,” which symbolizes the various flavors of life.
In temples and households, people perform traditional rituals and puja (worship), seeking blessings for a prosperous year ahead. The day is also marked by cultural events, such as music and dance performances, and traditional games and sports.
Overall, Tamil New Year is a time of renewal, reflection, and celebration of Tamil culture and heritage.