Apart From celebrating New Yeaar on Jan 1. Its a part of south indian tradition to celebrate tamil new year. Its marks the beginning of new year as per the tradition as we also follow tamil calendar.
I will brief about Tamil Calendar & Tamil New year seperately, just to enfocus the traditions followed in india. Tamil new year is celebrated in Tamilnadu, India. As each state in india has its own language and set of tribes,festivals, arts and crafts, customs and traditions. Each region is also identified with its typical folk and tribal dance forms, like ‘Bharathanatayam‘ of TamilNadu, ‘Otthanthulal‘ of Kerala, ‘Dandia‘ of Gujarat, ‘Bhangra‘ of Punjab and so on
The Tamil calendar is based on the sidereal year. Usually sidereal year is specified by the time taken for one revolution of the earth around the sun, or the mean time taken by the sun to return to the same position relative to the background of the fixed stars in the sky. It is derived from the old hindu solar calendar. According to this tamil calendar, there are various festivals celebrated in Tamil Nadu, India. Most of the fairs and festivals are related to religion and temples.
Tamil New Year:
Among all the festivals, the most auspicious one is ‘Pudhu Varudha Pirappu’ i.e ‘Tamil New Year’. As per tamil calendar, the year is celebrated on 14th or 15th of April indicating the beginning of the spring season. on this day the sun rises from the first constellation so it has an astrological significance. All the tamil people visit to the temples on that particular day and ask for the blessings of the family diety. This month is known as ‘Chittirai’. On this day the entrance of the house is ornamented with Kollam or colorful decorations.
Festoons of mango leaves are suspended on the entrance of the door. Thus tamilians welcome their new year and then a lavish feast is organised with the family and friends. The main menu is ‘Payasam’. Its one of the most tastier dishes in tamil nadu, India.
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