The Tamil New Year which usually falls on April 14th is an occasion that calls for celebration for Tamilians all over the world. Tamilians from different sphere of the society come forward to take part in this celebration. This is supposedly the day when Lord Brahma (the Creator of the world, according to Hindu mythology) started creation.
The Tamil New Year day begins with viewing the 'kanni' (the auspicious sight) at dawn, out of the expectation that starting the New Year by looking at auspicious things will bring good luck all through the year. The auspicious things include gold and silver jewelry, betel leaves, nuts, fruits and vegetables, flowers, raw rice and coconuts.
Meanwhile it is followed by people taking a ritual
bath and then they visit the temple to pray for a happy and prosperous New
Year. After this, the Panchangam (almanac) is read. The month of Chitthirai
also witnesses the marriage of Goddess Meenakshi to Lord Sundereswarar, which
is celebrated as Chitthirai Festival and the highlight of Tamil New Year
Festival in Tamil Nadu is the 'Maanga Pachadi' (a dish made of raw mangoes,
jaggery and neem flowers), which tastes sweet, sour and bitter at the same
Importance of Diwali Festival For Hindus, it is associated with the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya, after his 14 years of exile and victory over the demon Ravana. On that day, he was welcomed to the kingdom of Ayodhya with rows of Deep, lightened throughout the kingdom. Thus, there is a tradition of lighting oil lamps that symbolize the victory of good over evil and freedom from spiritual darkness.
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