Friday, April 14, 2006

Viya Puthandu Vazthukal

My New Years wishes to Tamilians all over the world. Didn't have enough time to put up my own post on New Year, so I'm sharing a forwarded mail which I got. May God bless all...

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The month of Chitthirai has arrived and with it the Tamil New Year’s Day; April 14th – an occasion for celebration for Tamilians all over the world. Greetings of “Puthandu Vazthukal”, (Happy New Year), are exchanged with fervour on this day, which is supposedly the day when Lord Brahma (The Creator of the world, according to Hindu mythology) started creation.

The day starts with viewing the 'kanni' (the auspicious sight) at dawn, in the expectation that beginning the New Year by looking at auspicious or favourable things will bring good fortune throughout the year. The auspicious things include, gold and silver jewellery, betel leaves, nuts, fruits and vegetables, flowers, raw rice and coconuts. This is followed by the ritual bath and a visit to the temple to pray for a prosperous and happy New Year. After which, the Panchangam (almanac) is read. The ladies adorn the entrances of their houses with ‘Kolam’ (design made with rice flour) and deck the doorway with mango leaves.

The Tamil Calendar, which has 12 months from Chitthirai (April - May) to Panguni (March - April), has a 60-year cycle. This year will be called Viya.



7 comments:

Keshi said...

Happy New Year mah sweet Amu!

It's also the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year in Sri Lanka...

Got a busy long weekend...having ppl today for lunch etc etc etc...catch u soon! Have fun babez!

Keshi.

praveen said...

hey...iniya puthandu valtukal...nothing much over here actually...just lazing around...but if u want you can courier some new goodies to me...lolz...luv ya

uttara said...

happy new yr sweety

hugggzzzzz

dfg said...

hi amoo
iniya puthandu walthukal...late wishes...
Prakash

Anil The Great said...

happy new year, my dear :)

-ATG

Jeevan said...

Iniya Tamil Puthtandu Nall Vazthikal. intha varudam iniya varudamaga amaiya vazthukkal:)

tulipspeaks said...

thank u for all the wishes..may God bless all

=am000nie=