Chithirai Thirunal

May your life be as bright as this Kolam.

Tamil New Year is on 14th April 2010. Even though it has been changed to the first day of Tamil Month of “Thai” (Pongal Day) as per Government orders, there is no change in the mind set of most of the people in Tamil Nadu and all are preparing for the celebration which is adhered to for centuries. Even Government agencies, TV and Media are re-christened the Tamil New Year as “Chithirai Thirunal” and announcing celebrations.

Whatever the name we call it, it is an occasion for celebration for Tamilians all over the world. Let us celebrate it.

The highlight of the festival is the food prepared on the day. The main ingredients consist Mango (Sour), Jaggery (Sweet) and Neem flower (Bitter). This signifies all the different aspects of our life.

Mango Pachadi or Neem flower pachadi and Neem flower rasam are the special dishes for Tamil New Year.

Apart from the above Sweet Dhal PoliSemiya (Vermicelli) Payasam, Medhu Vadai are the special dishes made on the day.

Cook some special recipes and enjoy with your family and friends on this Happy New Year Day.


  1. India Shopping

    this is comparable to ugadi pachhadi of andhra pradesh. there must be some reason for preparing such pachadis on new year eve

  2. Yes. As I said above, it is a combination of sweet, sour and bitter taste signifing different aspects of our life.

  3. Dear Kamala,

    Really very good description about the significance of the recipes done on Chithirai Varsha porappu,younger generation will know more about the importance of these festivals.Thank you for the nice recipes.

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