Chithiraikani or Tamil varusha porappu is celebrated in the Indian state of Tamilnadu. It falls on the second week of April. This is considered as the beginning of new year by the Tamilians. The tamilians in all over the world celebrate this vigorously. Similarly the Malayalam speaking people will celebrate their new year as Vishu. Mostly both are celebrated on the same day. Sometimes on the next day.
This year- 14th April 2018 to 13th April 2019 is called as Vilambi year.
On the day before the new year, people place a mirror and decorate it with Konnai poo(yellow colour flower) that blooms during this season. In front of the mirror a brass thambalam(large size plate) is placed. Rice is spread over the plate and the fruits and vegetables are arranged. Three main fruits to be arranged are Mango, Banana, Jack fruit. Golden cucumber, grapes, orange, apple, raw mango, snake gourd, lemon, coconut are also arranged. Apart from this gold, silver, coins, rupees, panjangam, dhal, turmeric powder, kumkum, beetel leaves, paaku are also placed. On the side of this a lamp is lighted. This is called as Vishu kani.
On the next day morning, we are directed by the elders to go to the pooja room with the eyes closed. This is practised because the first thing seen on the new year should give us happiness and prosperity for the whole year. Kani is seen by touching the plate with both the hands.
The elders will give some money for the youngsters as their blessings and it is called as Vishu kaineettam.
On this auspicious day, for the sadhya, along with the regular food, payasam, vadai and pachchadi is made.
Tamil Puththandu Nal vaazhuthukkal !!!!
Menu for Chithirai kani and Vishu