The Tamil new year is also known as the festival of Puthandu or the Puthuvarusham. It is celebrated on the first day of the year as per the calendar of the Tamils.People often believe that it was on this day that Lord Brahma who is known to be the creator of the universe, started his process of creating the planet and all of us on this day. It falls during mid-April of each year. In order to celebrate the auspicious occasion, the Pooja room of the house is well-cleansed and decorated. A plate full of different fruits and vegetables is kept there along with a mirror. Once you get up in the morning, you see your face in that mirror to begin the festivities of the day. Besides, the front door of the house is decorated with what is known as the Kolam which is nothing but rice powder which has been colored with varieties of colors.
Tamils in different parts of India and the world also indulge themselves in reading the Panchangam on this day. The houses are cleaned and washed thoroughly. Elders are paid respect, and everyone is seen adorning new and bright clothes. In different parts of the country, people also organize fairs and celebrate the moment with great pomp and show. A huge exhibition known as Chitterai Porutkaatchi is also held in the temple city of Madurai. People avoid eating non-vegetarian food on this particular day. One of the most famous dishes that is prepared on this occasion includes the Mangai-Pachadi which is made out of jaggery, mustard, raw mango, neem, and red chilies. It is packed with flavor and is enjoyed by one and all. Not only in India, but the holy festival of the Tamil new year is celebrated by the Tamilians in different regions of the world as well. Particular amongst these regions are Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, and Mauritius.