Puthandu, the Tamil New Year, is the celebration of the first day of the new year. It is occurs on the 13th or 14th of April every year during the month of Chitterai, the first month of the year in the solar calendar. This year it is on April 13.
 

Brass lights used during festivals.

Brass lights used during festivals.

 

This day starts with houses being decorated with detailed kolams that are geometric chalk drawings placed outside the front door to each home. Traditionally, they would be drawn very carefully by hand. Now people can buy templates that make this process much easier. Flowers are also placed around the house. Since this is India, the day is marked with an elaborate feast.

 

Happy New Year!

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