Tamil New Year / Varusha Pirappu / Puthandu


Tamil New Year also called as “Varusha Pirappu or Puthandu” among Tamil people all over the world. It is celebrated according to the Tamil calendar on the first day of Chithirai month. According to the Gregorian calendar it falls on 13th or 14 th April. Tamil People All over the world celebrate Varusha Pirappu in a big way by merrymaking and feasting.

They celebrate by following specific traditions and rituals. Early in the morning, women adorn the entrance of their house with colorful Kolam patterns. Centre of the kolam is decorated with a lamp called “Kuthuvillakku” in a belief that it would dispel darkness. They also visit to temple and invoke blessings for the coming year.

Tamil New Year / Puthandu

Tamil New Year / Puthandu

People start the day by watching auspicious things like gold, silver, betel leaves, nuts, fruit, vegetables, raw rice, coconut and new dresses and these are followed, as the belief of a good start to New Year will ensure prosperity and happiness in the coming year.

To mark the occasion people wear new dress and relish best food including a sweet, sour and bitter taste in the dish to signify different aspects of life. People greet their friends and family as, “Puthandu Nal Valthukkal”.

Let me share few of the recipes for New Year:

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