Happy Tamil New Year

PUTHANDU VAZTHUKALor Happy Tamil New Year to all my Tamil followers.

Tamil New Year, is the celebration of the first day of the Tamil new year in mid-April by Tamils in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in India, Sri Lankan Tamils and Indian Tamils of Sri Lanka, and by Tamils in Malaysia, Singapore, and Mauritius.

May this Tamil New Year
Brings you lot of good things
in your life.
May the God blesses always
In your life for the entire year ahead.
“Eniya Puthandu Vazthukal”

Peacock themed Kolam

You will find most Tamil homes decorated outside with “Kolams” a beautiful handcrafted design made from coloured powder or rice made by the lady or ladies of the house. Preparations also involve cleaning the house, to welcome the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, making delicacies to enjoy and prayers. Although my family is not strictly of Tamil origin and nor are we Hindus. we celebrate everything in Malaysia and plus half of my relatives are Hindus so we joined in everything.

May Lakshmi visit your home today and bless you with health, wealth and happiness.

Some interesting facts from Wiki:

The Tamil New Year follows the vernal equinox and generally falls on 14 April of the Gregorian year. 14 April marks the first day of the traditional Tamil calendar and is a public holiday in both Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.Tamil people celebrate Tamil new year on 14 April. This is the month of Chitterai, the first month of the Tamil solar calendar. On the eve of Puthandu, a tray arranged with three fruits (mango,banana and jack fruit), betel leaves and arecanut, gold/silver jewellery, coins/money, flowers and a mirror is placed. This is to be viewed upon waking in the morning. In the temple city of Madurai, the Chitterai Thiruvizha is celebrated in theMeenakshi Temple. A huge exhibition is held, called Chitterai Porutkaatchi. In some parts of Southern Tamil Nadu, it is called Chittirai Vishu. The day is marked with a feast in Tamilhomes and entrances to the houses are decorated elaborately with kolams. In most parts of India, one can see neem trees blooming with their flowers and the first batch of mangoes hanging prominently. This day is celebrated by some communities with neem flowers and raw mangoes to symbolize growth and prosperity.

Let your inner light shine!

This week is special in a number of ways. I want to say to you that it is important to start it as positively as possible. Don’t let your circumstances get the better of you. The last couple of months have been heavy for many of us. In fact to be honest the last two years haven’t been easy. Some people have lost one person after the other, or had misfortunes…..often in sequences which makes you wonder what the heck is going on?

There is a sense of completion now and clarity. I speak for my own circumstances and I know the path is light, the clouds lifted and hope reignited.

The universe this week has provided us with a unique opportunity to further manifest our future.

We will no doubt see a lot of postings of screenshots of 11:11 tomorrow and plenty of posts on Facebook and blogs and tweets regurgitating information from experts like Elizabeth Peru on the 11:11 gateway. There are a lot of different versions but the main thing is there is a new moon tomorrow. It is extra special as it’s the gateway plus its Diwali or Deepavali. It is time to tune into the energy waves created by the universe, determine exactly what you need to be happy and successful while keeping your thoughts positive. I know it is a challenge at the moment as some of you are going through a lot.

I want to share something with you. While I was at my spiritualist college for a week residential course, I was asked to bring in three coloured items from nature. I walked in the gardens and asked Mother Nature to inspire me. I opened my eyes and I found a beautiful feather and then I found a leaf and later on a little flower.

Of the three, found that the leaf had a deep meaning. It was dark brown and more or less dying. But the middle part still retained the green which was its original colour and the yellow, the aging process and brown, the end of its cycle. The result was a stunning vibrant show of courage. I also learned that there is beauty and a learning process in pain. While we want to do the human thing and wallow in self-pity, don’t discount the possibility of positivity and education that remains in the most awful of circumstances. Even though I was devastated to say the least when I lost my father and I miss him every single day, I learned so much from his passing.  I knew I had to make changes to my life and be true to myself. That has been the single most powerful learning lesson.

Now is the time to keep your chin up and put your faith in the universe. Let people squabble with each other, let the drama head off in the next direction. You DON’T need to be involved or be peace maker. You have your own path to forge and a future to shape. Focus….focus!

Now on to the other reason this week is special. Most of our Hindu, Jains and Sikh friends from around the world or just down your street in fact, will be celebrating the festival of lights, called Diwali or Deepavali. What you will mostly experience is the fireworks and probably oil lamps around their homes. This is like Christmas for them as it’s the biggest and most important festival for Indians.  It is also a very colourful and stunning event with lots of kolam (colourful designs outside the houses), gorgeous Indian style dresses, lights and delicious food.

This is the day that the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi is celebrated with prayer sessions, offerings, houses and offices are blessed to bring in prosperity for the New Year. Traditionally the business year starts around this time so traders in the old years would start with a clean slate and will clean and decorate their premises to invite Lakshmi to visit and shower them with good luck.

Most Hindus would spend most of the weeks before the festival, cleaning and upgrading their houses, making special cookies and snacks as well as planning their day before the festival ceremony.

They would have lots of sandalwood, fresh turmeric paste, special oils and other items ready for the family to have a big cleanse, almost like a spa day. Oil the hair and body and then sandalwood or turmeric a mask and them some form of a scrub like ground rice or green beans. What people use will depend on where they come from in India and every family have their own tradition.

Diwali is basically a celebration of good over evil. The world turned dark with evil and negative energy and once it was defeated, there was light. And this is why Diwali centres around lights, fireworks and oil lamps.  To me it means, the clearing of negative energy and bringing in light to renew and provide clarity. Although I was born a Roman Catholic, my mother was Hindu and so are most of the relations on her side of the family. Growing up in a multi-cultural and multi religious country like Malaysia meant we celebrated everything!

I would love to write a longer post about the origins of Diwali but I think this video explains it quicker and easier!

Just like the little oil lamps that bring cheer, light and clarity — be that light. Let your inner light shine!

So get your manifesting/ intention lists ready for tomorrow and put on there the main 5 things you would like from the universe. Write it with gratitude for what you have and don’t make demands. Ask gently and be kind.

Also great time to energise your crystals and to sage the house. Happy Diwali and happy 11:11 !!

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