What type of a person are you? Are you a quintessential one who doesn’t miss out any celebrations and is always on foot to enjoy the vast religious festivals spread across the nation, then one such fiesta you shouldn’t miss out is Tamil New Year? Fêted in the state of Tamil Nadu, the first day of the Solar Cycle, the first month named as Chitthirai as per the Tamil Calendar marks the beginning of the Tamil New Year. Chitthirai also witnesses the marriage of Goddess Meenakshi to Lord Sundereshwar and so, in the Meenakshi temple of Madurai, this festival is celebrated with huge gaiety. During this festival also known as Puthandu, people exchange their greetings,”Puthandu Vazhthukal” with great fervor.
According to the Hindu Mythology, it is the day, Lord Brahma, the creator of the world started his creation. Every member of the house, wakes up early in the morning and takes a ritual bath and gets themselves dressed up in traditional wear that is sarees and veshtis. The ladies of the house decorate the entrance of their residence with rangoli made of rice flour and embellish it with mango leaves as it is said that rangoli brings prosperous and happiness. The Tamil New Year day begins with viewing the “Kanni” also known as the auspicious sight at dawn because the people feel that anything sighted auspicious ought to bring good luck for the year and that is why gold and silver jewellery, betel leaves, nuts, fruits, flowers, raw rice, and coconuts are all included in the prayers.
After taking a ritual bath, people visit temples nearer to their residence and pray for their prosperous year ahead forth which, Panchagam (almanac) is read. Varied dishes are prepared during this festival that is not only delicious but mouth-watery as well, namely Muruku, Paal Payasam, Sweet Appam, Dry Fruits Payasam, Veppampoo Pachadi and Stuffed Badusha. So, foodies never miss out this chance. Reading or visualizing won’t help out, so it’s high time that you stop thinking and make a bus booking via TicketGoose to either Madurai or Kumbakonam, the two cities of Tamil Nadu where this festival is commemorated vivaciously. Ride with joy to have a joyful experience.