Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Iniya Tamil puthandu nalvalzthukal

Our Ancestors said, What we see on the first day of the new year has to be pure, auspicious and signify abundance and good fortune.So People start their day by watching auspicious things like gold, silver, betel leaves, fruits, vegetables, flowers, raw rice and coconuts.Usually Fruits include guavas, jackfruit bananas and  yellow cucumber.

All the waste in the house is gotten rid of and cleaned and made pure. Homes are cleaned and painted in anticipation of the oncoming new year.

Women decorate the entrance of their house with colorful kolam patterns.Lamp (Kuthuvillakku) is placed at the centre of the kolam which people belive that it brings light to house. 

With Family, People visit Temple and pray for the happiness and wealth for the upcoming year

A coconut would be broken exactly in half, and set one on either side of the mirror with a whole yellow lemon in it. Care should be taken that the lemons are as fresh as possible with no flaws or eyes. I am guessing the lemons and coconut signify prosperity and good tidings.

There would be smaller silver cups filled with silver coins, gold coins etc. Gold coins are symbols of monetary affluence, as well as cultural and spiritual wealth, which the elders of the family must share freely with the younger generation.

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