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Aadi month/ Aadi Maasam

              Aadi month/ Aadi Maasam is the fourth month in Tamil calendar. It is an auspicious month for the Hindus. It starts during the mid of July and ends in mid August.  The next six month is called as the Dakshinayana punya kaalam and it is the beginning of …

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Easter

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is also called as resurrection Sunday. It starts with a 40 day period of fasting, prayer and sacrifice and ends with a Holy Week. It  includes Holy Thursday (the celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper with his 12 Apostles, also …

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Chithirai kani/ Tamil Varusha Porappu/Tamil puththandu

Chithirai kani or Tamil varusha porappu is celebrated in the Indian state of Tamilnadu. It falls on the second week of April. This is 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.  Celebration …

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Rama Navami

 Rama navami is considered as the birthday of Lord Rama. It falls  on the ninth day from Ugathi. Usually in Hindu culture ashtami( the eighth day from full moon day or no moon day) and Navami(ninth day from full moon day or no moon day) are inauspicious days. People wont celebrate any function on these …

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Panguni uthiram – Significance

Panguni Uthiram is one of the most important festivals for Hindus. We call this as “Meena Uthira Palguni”. The important aspect of this day is that the Pournami and Uthiram star falls on the same day of Panguni month. Panguni is the last month of the Tamil Calendar year. According to the mythology, celestial weddings …

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Holi – A colourful Indian Festival

Holi is the festival of love or colors that signifies the victory of superior over immoral. Holi festival is commemorate on February end or starting March. There was once a demon named Hiranyakashyap who was so egoistic that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But to his great disappointment, his son, Prahlad became …

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Kaaradaiyaan Nonbu

Kaaradaiyaan nonbu or Savithri viratham is a traditional Tamilnadu festival of fasting wherein married woman pray for the wellness and long life of their husband and the unmarried girls pray God to get a good husband. Along with the rice flour, we use cowpea which is called as Kaaramani in tamil. Hence the name Kaaradaiyaan …

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Thai poosam

       Thai poosam is considered as the most important festival that is celebrated in Pazhani a pilgrim in India for Lord Muruga.  It derived its name from the day it is celebrated. Thai is one of the tamil months and poosam is one of the stars. So this festival is celeberated during full moon on the month of thai(Mid jan- Mid feb) and on poosam star. The story behind this is Goddess parvathi gifted his son a lance to demonish a demon named Tharakasuran. And he was vanquished by Lord Muruga on this day. So this a celebration for the victory of good over evil.  The devotees pray to the lord and when it is answered they pierce any part of their body with metal skewers and take kavadis (paal kavadi, pannir kavadi, etc) to thank the lord. We make paanagam a drink and sweet thatta payaru(Cow peas) sundal and offer it to God. This year it falls on Feb 8th

Thai poosam

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Thatta payaru Sundal

Paanagam

 

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Maatu pongal

Maatu Pongal is celebrated on the day following the Pongal. On this occasion people worship the livestock that helped them during the cultivation of crops. We wash the cattle and paint the horns. We tie the flower garlands and tingling bells around their necks. Finally we feed the pongal to cattle. In some parts, they …

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Bhogi

Bhogi festival is the first day of Pongal. On this day, we worship the God of Clouds and Rains, Lord Indra. Lord Indra is honoured and worshiped for abundant harvest. Thereby, bringing plenty and prosperity to the land. Hence, this ‘Bogi’ or ‘Bhogi’ day is also referred to as ‘Indran’. The tamil festival Pongal starts …

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