Tamil New Year Recipes

Puthandu, or better known as Tamil New Year, is the celebration of the first day of the Tamil new year traditionally in mid-April by people of Tamil origin in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in India, and by the Tamil population in Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. The Tamil New Year follows the Nirayanam vernal equinox and generally falls on April 14 of the Gregorian year. April 14th marks the first day of the traditional Tamil calendar and this remains a public holiday in both Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. Tropical vernal equinox fall around 22 March, and adding 23 degrees of trepidation or oscillation to it, we get the Hindu sidereal or Nirayana Mesha Sankranti (Sun’s transition into Nirayana Aries). Hence, the Tamil calendar begins with the same date which is observed by most traditional calendars of the rest of India as in Assam, Bengal, Kerala, Manipur, Orissa, Punjab etc not to mention Nepal, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The 60-year cycle is also ancient and is observed by most traditional calendars of India and China, and is related to 5 revolutions of Jupiter according to popular belief, or to 60-year orbit of Nakshatras (stars) as mentioned in Surya Siddhanta.


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  • Tamil New Year – Significance and Recipes

    Tamil New Year – Significance and Recipes

    The Tamil New Year is more popularly called the “Tamil Puthandu”, and is celebrated every year on the 13th or 14th of April in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It marks the first day of the year, according to the Tamil calendar, the beginning of the month of Chittirai.

  • Celebrate Tamil New Year's Day with these Delicious Recipes

    Celebrate Tamil New Year's Day with these Delicious Recipes

    Tamil New year is a very important festival of Tamilians and is popularly known as Varusha Pirapu or Chithirai Thirunal. It is the first day of the Tamil calendar month Chithirai and falls on 14 the April. Chithirai is the start of spring season where mango and Neem trees will be full of flowers and fruits.

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