Puthandu, also known as Varsha pirappu, is celebrated as New Year's Day in Tamil Nadu. It is celebrated on the first day of the Tamil month Chithirai, which falls on 14 April. Women draw patterns called kolams (similar to Rangoli). A lamp is placed on the center of the kolam, to eradicate darkness. A ritual called kanni meaning 'auspicious sight' takes place. People watch jewellery, fruits, vegetables, flowers, nuts, rice etc., as it is a belief among Tamil people that it brings prosperity. People wear new clothes and special dishes are prepared for the occasion.
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