Tamil New Year in Tamil Nadu in 2020

Tamil New Year in Tamil Nadu in 2020
  How long until Tamil New Year?
This holiday next takes place in 270 days.
  Dates of Tamil New Year in Tamil Nadu
2021 Wed, Apr 14Regional Holiday
2020 Tue, Apr 14Regional Holiday
2019 Sun, Apr 14Regional Holiday
2018 Sat, Apr 14Regional Holiday
2017 Fri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
  Summary
Puthandu also knownas Tamil New Year, is the celebration of the first day of the Tamil new year
  Tamil New Year in other countries
Tamil New Year internationally

When is Tamil New Year?

Puthandu is the Tamil New Year's Day.

It is a public holiday in Sri Lanka and in India, it is a public holiday in many regions.

The Tamil year starts on April 14th in the Gregorian calendar. It is similar to the Vernal Equinox which is usually celebrated on or around March 21st. The date differs due to the position of the Tamil region in the northern hemisphere and some ancient and impressive astronomical observations involving the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn.

Though not purely a religious festival, Puthandu does hold special significance to Hindus as it is said to be the day that the Hindu god of creation, Lord Brahma, started creation.

Tamil New Year’s Day is celebrated on the first day of Chithirai - the first month in the Tamil Calendar and is also known as Varusha Pirappu.

Indian Customs

Despite being an ancient festival, a modern highlight of Puthandu is a big car festival held at Tiruvadamarudur near Kumbakonam.

On the night before Puthandu, a tray with fruit, betel leaves, gold and silver jewellery, money and flowers is arranged. This is to be viewed first thing in the morning as it is believed that seeing these auspicious things will bring prosperity and happiness during the year.

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