Tamil New Year(Tamizh Puthandu) / Vishu Recipes
Tamil New Years day falls in the month of April on 13th or 14th every year. This year its 14th April. The day is the first day of the tamil calender month “Chithirai”. In Kerala state of India, they celebrate this day as “Vishu”. This year Vishu is being celebrated on 15th Apr.
The Spring Season starts in the month of Chitirai where all the mango and neem trees will be full of flowers and fruits. In this wonderful occassion, the hindus will cook 6 different tasty foods like sweet, bitter,sour,salty,spice and umamiIn Kerala state of India, People will celebrate “Vishu Kani Kannal” tradition. They will keep some gold, silver, jewels,mirror, bacillum,cocunut,flowers,cucumber,mangoes,rice, dhal, jaggery infront of the god and seek the blessings of God.
Elderly women will wake up early that morning and will see these items and light up the kuthuvilaku and she will wake up the others in the home. Everyone will wake up and see these items first and then they will celebrate the rest of the day. In our home we celebrate both Vishu and Tamil new year. This year, as per panjangam, the New Year is on 14-apr-2014 and hence we will do the rich lunch on 14th and we will do the kani kanradhu on 15th April.
Tamil New Year’s Recipes: