Tamil New year also called Puthandu (புத்தாண்டு) or Tamil varusha pirappu (தமிழ் வருட பிறப்பு) is the celebration of the Tamil New Year as per the Tamil calendar. Tamil new year 2023 marks the beginning of Chithirai month, the beginning month of the Tamil solar calendar and Puthandu marks the onset of the new calendric year. On the Gregorian calendar, Tamil new year falls most likely on the 14th of April. This day is celebrated with immense enthusiasm and fervour in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and also in places outside India that has significant Tamil population. In Kerala it is celebrated as Vishu, in Orissa as Pana Sankranti, in West Bengal as Poila Boishak, in Assam as Bihu and in Punjab this day is observed as Vaisakhi.

Puthandu 2023 is on April 14 Friday

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When is Puthandu celebrated?

his is the special day for Tamil Nadu as it marks the Tamilian New Year. It is considered an auspicious day as people happily embark their journey into a fresh New Year. It is celebrated on the first day of the month of Chithirai (the first month according to Tamil Calendar).

Rituals during Puthandu:

  • The celebrations of Puthandu begin a day before. On a tray, people arrange three fruits (jack fruit, banana and mango), silver/gold jewelry, money, arecanut, betel leaves, mirror and flowers. This is to be sighted first thing on the morning of Puthandu and this ritual is known as ‘Kanni’. The practice of Kanni brings happiness and prosperity in the coming year.
  • Houses are beautifully decorated with kolams on Puthandu. The middle of Kolam is decorated with ‘Kuhtuvillakku’ that signifies a lamp. It is a popular belief that this signifies the removal of darkness. This day is marked with a scrumptious feast in all Tamil homes.
  • People wear new clothes on the occasion of Puthandu. It is a day of feasting on the gourmet delicacies. People exchange New Year greetings with one another. The young members and children receive gifts or token of money from elders on Puthandu.
  • The day of Puthandu is considered very auspicious to perform Brahman Bhoj. People also visit the temples to seek the divine blessings for the year ahead. In the temples, the head priest also reads out the ‘Panchangam’ for the year to all.
  • Some families in Tamil Nadu also do the ‘tharpanam’ and other rituals in remembrance of their ancestors on the day of Puthandu.
  • On the day of Puthandu a big car festival takes place at Tiruvidaimarudur, near Kumbakonam. Such festivals are also held in Kanchipuram, Tiruchirapalli and few other places.
  • In Madurai, the celebration of Puthandu is done on a grand scale. A big exhibition popularly called as ‘Chitterai Porutkaatchi’ is held at the famous Meenakshi Amman temple.

Important Timings On Puthandu

SunriseApril 14, 2023 6:11 AM
SunsetApril 14, 2023 6:43 PM
Sankranti MomentApril 14, 2023 3:03 PM
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The Truth Behind Puthandu:

Puthandu is the beginning of Chitterai, the first day of the New Year. It is a very auspicious occasion for Tamils. Some Tamil communities also observe Puthandu as the day when Lord Brahma started the creation of this Universe. Some also believe that Lord Indra who is known as the ‘Prince of harmony’ visited earth on the day of Puthandu to certify contentment and amity. In Tamil Nadu and few other Southern states of India, Puthandu is a day of feasting and merrymaking. Tamils celebrate this festival with immense hope and joy to ensure that the New Year brings growth and opportunities in their lives. Puthandu is observed as the day to initiate new beginnings. People greet each other by wishing ‘Puthandu Pirappuv’ that implies ‘Happy New Year’.

Puthandu festival dates between 2020 & 2030

2020Tuesday, 14th of April
2021Wednesday, 14th of April
2022Thursday, 14th of April
2023Friday, 14th of April
2024Sunday, 14th of April
2025Monday, 14th of April
2026Tuesday, 14th of April
2027Wednesday, 14th of April
2028Friday, 14th of April
2029Saturday, 14th of April
2030Sunday, 14th of April

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