Crown The Brown: Happy Tamil New Year!
Crown The Brown: Puthandu Vazthukal to all our Tamilians! Tamil New Year is known as Puthandu Vazthukal. Puthu means “New” and Andu means “Year”. Hence, a more significant saying is Varusha Pirappu meaning “The Birth of the New Year”.
Tamil New Year is celebrated on the first day of the Tamil month, Chitthirai. Which falls from mid- April to mid- May. Chitthirai marks the first month of the Tamil Calendar. Usually beginning on the 14th of April.
In Hindu Mythology, it is also said that this is the day Lord Brahma, creator of the universe, embarked on the creation of the world we live in today.
Tamil New Year is a tremendous festival. Similarly, celebrated in many Tamil communities of Tamil Nadu, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
Tamilians start off the day with rituals within the home. The entrance of the house is decorated with a colourful Kolam, a design created out of rice flower.
Above all, the center of the Kolam is decorated with a lamp called a Kuthuvillaku. Likewise, this source of light or Agni is to dispel darkness from entering the new year. Doorways are adorned with mango leaf garlands. A dish is prepared containing raw mangoes, jiggery and neem flowers. Which has a sweet, sour and bitter taste.
This dish certainly symbolizes life’s variety of joy and sorrow. It is a custom for Tamilians to visit a temple on the day of Tamil New Year. To invoke blessings and positive vibrations for the coming year.
On this auspicious day, may the glistening light of the Kuthuvillaku certainly bring brightness and blessings into your home and life throughout this new year.
Puthandu Vazthukal once again from the Crown The Brown Family !
– Riashri Moodley of Crown The Brown.