Sinhala and Tamil New Year in Sri Lanka in 2021

Sinhala and Tamil New Year in Sri Lanka in 2021

  How long until Sinhala and Tamil New Year?
Sinhala and Tamil New Year
  Dates of Sinhala and Tamil New Year in Sri Lanka
2022 Apr 13, Apr 14
Sri LankaThu, Apr 14National Holiday
Sri LankaWed, Apr 13National Holiday
2021 Apr 12, Apr 13, Apr 14
Sri LankaWed, Apr 14National Holiday
Sri LankaTue, Apr 13National Holiday
Sri LankaMon, Apr 12Government Holiday
2020 Apr 12, Apr 13
Sri LankaMon, Apr 13National Holiday
Sri LankaSun, Apr 12National Holiday
2019 Apr 13, Apr 14, Apr 15
Sri LankaMon, Apr 15Government Holiday (in lieu)
Sri LankaSun, Apr 14National Holiday
Sri LankaSat, Apr 13National Holiday
2018 Apr 13, Apr 14, Apr 20
Sri LankaFri, Apr 20Not A Public Holiday
Sri LankaSat, Apr 14National Holiday
Sri LankaFri, Apr 13National Holiday

Puthandu also known as Tamil New Year, is the celebration of the first day of the Tamil new year

  Sinhala and Tamil New Year in other countries
Sinhala and Tamil New Year internationally
  Which regions observe Tamil New Year in 2021?
  Sri LankaApr 12Government Holiday
  Sri LankaApr 13, Apr 14National Holiday

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.

Sri Lankan Customs

In Sri Lanka, the day is the time of the traditional first ploughing of the ground to mark the start of the new agricultural season.

It is a tradition that the first financial transaction of the year is when elders give gifts of money to the unmarried young, as a sign of good luck.

Sinhalese New Year

In Sri Lanka, the public holidays for Tamil New Year also recognise that this is also Sinhalese New Year. Like Tamil New Year, it marks the end of the harvest and the arrival of spring as indicated by the sun moving from Meena Rashiya ( Pisces) to Mesha Rashiya (Aries).

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