"Vikirththy Varudam":New Year dawns with renewed hopes for a better future with sustainable peace
Auspicious time for first cash transaction or Kai Vishedam will be on April 15th 2010 from 6.49AM to 7.44AM or 9.59AM to 11.58AM.
The auspicious colour for this year is gold or white with red border.And the auspicious stone is coral or diamond or pearl. The New Year is called “Vikirththy”. This is the 24th year of the 60 year cycle of the Tamil calendar. There are twelve astronomically ordained houses. They are:
1. Meda Veedu
2. Idaba Veedu
3. Mithuna Veedu
4. Kataka Veedu
5. Singa Veedu
6. Kanni Veedu
7. Thula Veedu
8. Virutchika Veedu
9. Thanu Veedu
10. Makara Veedu
11. Kumba Veedu
12. Meena Veedu
The Sun moves into the Meda Veedu (Aries) from Meena Veedu (Pisces), which falls in Mid April is celebrated as the Tamil New Year. It’s the commencement of the Tamil month "Chiththirai". April is the month of reveal and revelry. It’s an auspicious month for the Tamils. Feasts, fasts, festivals and family events are scheduled during the month of “Chiththirai”.The New Year falls during the “Ilavenil Kaalam” or spring time for the Tamils. It’s also noted that, the birds begin to hum, flowers bloom and trees with fresh green leaves during the spring time. The Sun travels from Meda Veedu and stays in other houses respectively throughout twelve months. The whole journey through each house takes one year.
The Hindus clean the houses and compound before the New Year; have “Maruththu Neer” (made of various herbals) bath; dressed in new clothes according to the year’s lucky colour and welcome the New Year by lighting fire crackers and make sweet rice at home. Hindus queue up at temple to get “Maruththu Neer” (medicinal water) to anoint at the dawn of New Year. “Maruththu Neer” is made of “Arugu”, “Vilvam”, “Kondral”, “Aal”, “Arasu” (bo tree leaves), “Mathulai” (pomegranate) , “Thamarai” (lotus), “Thulasi”, “Kosalam”, “Komayam”, Milk, King Coconut, Rose water, “Sukku” (dried ginger), Cardamom, and Nutmeg. These ingredients are boiled together for few minutes and made as watery. Varieties of decoration adorn the temples and houses on this day.
People throng the temples to worship for the wellbeing of their families. Special meals are cooked and shared with relatives and friends on this day. On an auspicious time first cash transaction called “Kai Vishesham” is made by the head of the family to the rest of the family. Auspicious time for money transaction is on April 14th from 12.26pm to 2.02pm.
The Tamil calendar has 60 year cycle according to “Vaakkiya Panchchaangam” and Thirukanitha Panchchaangam” (traditional Tami Almanacs). They are named as follows:
After the completion of 60 year cycle, the calendar starts from the beginning with the first year.
The Sinhalese too celebrate their new year on April 14th 2010 while following their traditions. They dress up in new clothes, worship the elders and transact cash and partake in meals. Women play the “Raban” during the festive time. Children and adults enjoy singing traditional folk songs and play traditional sports. It’s an occasion for celebration , togetherness and fun.
"The weather had been unusually hot for the past few months.On new year's eve we had continuous rain for few hours.It is God's blessings for prosperity" said Thirunavukarasu Sadachcharan, a resident of Bambalapitty while worshiping at Naattukottai Nagaraththaar (New Kathiresan) temple.
"Maruththu Neer" is being boiled at a Hindu temple.“Maruththu Neer” (medicinal water) to anoint at the dawn of New Year. “Maruththu Neer” is made of “Arugu”, “Vilvam”, “Kondral”, “Aal”, “Arasu” (bo tree leaves), “Mathulai” (pomegranate) , “Thamarai” (lotus), “Thulasi”, “Kosalam”, “Komayam”, Milk, King Coconut, Rose water, “Sukku” (dried ginger), Cardamom, and Nutmeg. These ingredients are boiled together for few minutes and made as watery. Variety of decoration adorn the temples and houses on this day.
Sinnaiah Balasubramaniam is seen making the "Maruththu Neer"
Devotees are seen buying "Maruththu Neer" at Naattukottai Nagaraththaar (New Kathiresan) temple
Getting ready to welcome the new year
Firecracker corner in Bambalapitty
Marriage proposals are mae during the Tamil Month of "Chiththirai"
Festive spirit spreads
The New Year is observed with great devotion
The Tamil month of "Chiththirai" marks the birth of spring
Busy with their business
Sun is the presiding deity of the planet according to many Astrologers
Breaking coconuts before entering the temple
New Year wishes are made
Devotees thronged the temples amidst a heavy downpour with lightning and thunderstorm
Ritualistic observances are made on new year eve
Famous Garland maker Annamalai Navaratnam (known as Nava) is seen busy on his mobile taking an order
View of the Kopuram of Naattukottai Nagaraththaar (New Kathiresan) temple
Pigeons are being fed
Festivity of goodwill and generosity is felt by many
Traditional Tamil sweets
a luxury coach with the blessings of God, getting ready for a long journey to Jaffna
Side view of the Kopuram of Sammankodu Sri Kathirvelaiyutha Swamy temple in Bambalapitty ( also known as Maanikka Pilliyar Thirukoyil)from Galle Road
Traditional Sinhala sweets
Lord Vinayagar on top of the main entrance of Sammankodu Sri Kathirvelaiyutha Swamy temple in Bambalapitty ( also known as Maanikka Pilliyar Thirukoyil) is dressed up for the Vikirththy new year amidst a heavy downpour in town
Variety of fruits offered on new year
Sweet Rice is offered t Sun God
Traditional set up at a Hindu house
Decorated shrine room for the new year
Kuththu Vilakku is lit in a shrine room
First cash transaction after the new year will take place on April 15th 2010