Chithirai Thirunal

Tamil New Year is on 14th April 2023. Tamil Nadu Government announced the first day of Tamil Month of “Thai” (Pongal Day) as Tamil New Year and passed orders to this effect. However, there is no change in the mind set of 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. Some people make pachadi using both mango and neem flower.
Apart from the above, Poli, Payasam, Vadai are the special dishes made on the day.

Some Tamil New Year Recipes

  • Mango Pachadi

    Cooks in 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    It is a sweet, sour and spicy pachadi mostly prepared on Tamil New Year Day. On Tamil New Year’s Day, fried neem flower is added to this pachadi signifying the different aspects of our life.

  • masal vadai

    Masal Vadai

    Difficulty: Medium

    A traditional and common south Indian snack that is served with tea or coffee. This Vadai is made with Bengal gram dhal and onion.

  • Sweet Dhal Poli

    Sweet Dhal Poli

    Difficulty: Medium

    This sweet dish is served on festival days and special occasions. This is made with maida, Bengal gram dhal and jaggery.


  1. Beautiful kolam, Kamala! I had no idea about this new declaration… Well, people won’t change just because of a new law! Especially for a celebration that’s been going on for so many centuries! 🙂

  2. Well said Kalai. Religious sentiments of people cannot be changed by a mere law. And thanks for your compliments on the Kolam.

    Iniya Thamizh Puthandu Nal Vazhukkal.

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