Aadiperukku is a Hindu Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month of Aadi (mid-July to mid-August). In 2015, it’s August 3rd. It is a unique South Indian and specially a Tamil festival. The festival coincides with the annual freshes of the rivers and to pay tribute to water’s life-sustaining properties. It is celebrated near river basins, lakes and wells etc.
Aadiperukku, otherwise called Padinettam perukku. “Pathinettam Perukku” – Pathinettu signifies eighteen and Perukku denotes rising. The festival is observed by women in TamilNadu. Aadi is the month for sowing, rooting, and planting of seeds and vegetation since its peak monsoon time when rain is showered in abundance.
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On this day, special poojas and prayers ared one in temples and people pray for good harvest, constant supply of water and hassle free monsoon. Women float lamps on rivers.
Also people buy new clothes, jewels and so on, as they hope getting this all over the year.
People prepare many variety of rice, early in the morning, as offering to god. They lit lamps and do puja. Let us move on to the recipe prepared by that day:
- Coconut Rice / Thengai Sadham
- Tamarind Rice / Puliyodharai
- Lemon Rice / Yellumichai Sadham
- Sesame Rice / Ellu Sadham
- Sweet Pongal / Sakkarai Pongal
- Curd Rice / Thayir Sadham
- Medhu Vada / Fritters
- Aadi Thengaipaal Payasam / Coconut milk kheer
- SugarCandy Rice / Kalkandu Sadham
- Aadi Kozhukattai
- Spicy Kozhukattai
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