The two important festivals of south India, Vishu and Tamil New Year are just a week away! People are busy deciding what to wear, how to celebrate, and what rituals to do this time. Of course, it is the start of new year and we all want it to be auspicious in every way. We make the best possible arrangements to please our deity, so that they shower blessings on our family throughout the year.
Let us shift our focus from this and find out why these festivals are so important!
Why Vishu and Tamil New Year important?
Talking about Vishu on first place, it is an important day to start the journey of next twelve months all over again. Children burst crackers, adults light candles, and offer loads of flowers and traditional food to our beloved Lord Vishnu.
Moreover, this is the harvest festival when farmers start ploughing the land. It is an auspicious day to welcome spring and pray to God for prosperity and good harvest in the specific year. People exchange Vishu greetings with their friends and relatives and wish them good luck for entire year.
On the other hand, Tamil New Year or Puthandu, is the new year of Tamilians. It is also, more or less, similar to Vishu. It marks the beginning of New Year and is celebrated not only in Tamilnadu but also in Sri Lanka. House is decorated, and specifically flowers and raw mangoes are offered to deity as they are symbols of growth and prosperity.
Till now, we have only come across the bright and cheerful side of it. Did you ever think of that underprivileged section of society who does not get to celebrate Vishu and Tamil New Year in same way? We are so busy in cherishing our moments that we hardly think that someone out there is craving even the smallest joys of life.
Here, we won’t be telling you facts and listing out nutritional benefits of food. In this blog, we will show you the reality and how you can make things better around you. Are you ready to face it and take some effort? If yes, then please proceed with the blog.
The celebration of Vishu and Tamil New Year – Redefined!
Let us make it clear, this is not the usual, very happening celebration. It may not be a private party, and you will have to entertain few more people alongside your own family members.
Light faces along with crackers
You will burst cracker with your family and friends and you will enjoy to the core. But bringing a bright smile on someone’s face will take your happiness to another level. Don’t spend plenty of money. You just have to do the same rituals that you do at home, but with few more people outside your family. There is no other auspicious ritual than good karma. Invite the underprivileged children or adults and allow them to be a part of your celebration. If not many people, just ask your maid or domestic helper to stay and attend the ceremony. Wouldn’t it be nice if we become little bit kind with people around us?
Plan a surprise for those who hardly get one
We spend a lot of money to purchase gifts for our loved ones, sweets for our friends, and snacks for our children. Ever wondered about getting something for those who hardly celebrate Vishu and Tamil New Year? It is sad, that very few people are bothered about children in orphanage.
They have no parents to guide them about this festival and tell them stories. If not much, just distribute sweets or arrange a small ceremony at their place and enjoy it with them. Can you imagine the happiness they will get after seeing someone do so much for them?
Storytelling, because why not?
This could be a little extreme for you all, but honestly we must do it once in a while. If not Vishu, we must take up one festival that we celebrate and do this. Just make a small theatre like experience in a poor village and show small children the videos, movies, or documentaries related to the festival.
Isn’t it a good idea? Now you may say it is not practically possible all the time. We are not encouraging you to make it a regular habit. Just try it once, for your satisfaction, when you like doing something different from usual. It’s not a bad idea!
Welcome the New Year clean way
We have always been bragging about how much we love cleanliness around us. Keeping aside the national campaign, why can’t we take some effort on our own? Are you confused about our idea? Just go to a temple with your entire family members (only those who are willing), and clean it a day before Vishu or Tamil New Year.
Why celebrate it alone at your home in a confined place? Let everyone feel hygienic in spiritual environment because of your effort. Frankly, it will satisfy you more than chanting of mantras and doing meditation. Give it a try!
Therefore, after going through these points, it is quite clear that there is a need to change the perception. The only motive behind writing this bittersweet blog is to bring about betterment at personal level. All we think of is how to live a healthy life, how to use an ingredient, and how to take care of ourselves!
Our aim is not only make you physically tough but also mentally strong. Strong enough to bring these unique ideas to life and brighten up someone’s life, even if it is for a moment. Let us know what you have planned to do this Vishu or Tamil New Year. We wish you a very happy and prosperous Vishu as well as Tamil New Year.