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TAMIL NEY YEAR TA: 2043 / THAI PONGAL 15.01.12

(to be celebrated by all TAMILS regardless of religious beliefs or Nationalities)

The unity of the Thamizh people will be built by Thamizh- speaking Thamizhs, speaking to each other in Thamizh. And it is that unity that will continue to grow in the years to come………... The Thamizh National Identity is a Secular Identity - and the Thamizh New Year reflects that Secular Identity. The Thamizh Nation includes not only the Hindus but also Thamizhs belonging to many different faiths. Muslim & Christian Thamizhs are also Thamizhs. Brahmin Thamizhs are also Thamizhs. Buddhists Thamizhs are also part of the Thamizh Nation. The Thamizh Nation also includes those who regard themselves as atheists and agnostics……….... A nation is a deep and horizontal togetherness which cuts across vertical divisions

 

 

Significance Of Festivals

 

Festivals are a vital component of any civilization be it ancient or modern. The absence of festivals will bring about the disintegration of a community or civilization. Festivals enliven social life and unite the people by bringing them together in joyful celebration of significant events and in shared remembrance of a common past.

 

Tamils Festivals

 

The Tamils begin their year with the month of Thai. “Thai piranthaal vazhi pirakkum” an ancient Tamil saying, (dating back to the ‘Sangam’ period), clearly confirms that the Tamils began their year with the month of Thai (January 14).

 

Pongal is much sung and honoured festival in the Tamil Literature. Tamils all over the world sinking all differences of caste, creed, religion, party affiliations and statehood come together to celebrate this festival.

 

Common Festival

 

Since the advent of Agriculture Pongal Festival has been spread over four days from the last day of the Tamil month, Marghazhi to the first three days of the Tamil month of Thai. The last day in the Tamil month of Marghazhi is celebrated as Bhogi; the first day in the Tamil month of Thai is Tamil New Year and Grand Pongal, the second day, Pongal for all the farm animals, Maattu Pongal, the third day, Pongal for offsprings or for greeting one another, Kaanum Pongal. In Tamil Nadu it is celebrated as Bhohi Day, (last day of Marghazhi), Pongal, Tamil New Year Day, (Thai-1), Thiruvalluvar Day, (Thai-2), Farmers’ Day, (Thai-3).

 

Cleanliness, Husbandry, Industry, Gratitude, Acknowledgement of Nature and Thanks Giving mark these days with grace and charm, common to all religions, linguistic groups and different nationalities.

 

Thiruvalluvar Year (Thiruvalluvar Aandu)

 

On this day of the Grand Pongal (Thai-1st), the Tamil Thiruvalluvar Year starts and the Thiruvalluvar Era dates back to B.C. 31 and hence Thiruvalluvar Year is reckoned with the English Year thus; 2012 + 31 = 2043.

 

Pongal is widely celebrated across the whole of India in various names. It is also celebrated in 77 countries across the globe. Dr. Ohno, Professor of Japanese Language said in the sixth International Conference of Tamil Studies held in November 1987 in Malaysia, that the harvest festival in Japan is celebrated on the 15th of January of every year in the name of ‘Kosho Katsu’.

 

Pongal is not only the festival of the Tamils or the festival of the South Indians but a national festival, nay a world festival that echoes the immortal words of the Tamil Epic ‘Puranaanooru’ “Every country is my country, Every MAN is my kinsman”. Thus the Pongal Festival assumes National and perhaps International importance. The former Chief Minister of Kerala, Mr. C. Achutha Menon has hailed it, (Pongal Festival) as a “National Festival”.

 

Some 500 Tamil scholars gathered in a conference under the Chairmanship of Tamil Kadal, Maraimalai Adigal in Chennai, Pachchayappa College, in the year 1921 to carefully deliberate, discuss and consider the issues clouding the Tamil New Year. After very detailed discussion and careful consideration it was unanimously decided that:

 

1. The Tamil New Year is a secular one celebrated by all TAMILS

2. The Tamil Year should be followed in the Name of Saint Thiruvalluvar

3. That year only should be adopted as Tamil Year

4. The Era of Saint Thiruvalluvar was B.C.31

 

The main signatories of the decisions taken in the conference were as follows:

 

1. Tamil Kadal, Maraimalai Adigal

2. Kanitha Meithai, Ka. Namasivaya Mudaliyar

3. Tamil Thendral, Thiru. Vi. Ka.

4. Tamil Kavalar, K. Subramaniam Pillai

5. Saiva Periyar, Sachchidhanandham Pillai

6. Navalar, N.M. Venkatasami Nattar

7. Navalar, Somasundara Bharathiyar

8. Muththamil Kavalar, K.A.P. Viswanatham

9. Mutharinyar, Ra. Sethuppillai

 

The Pongal Celebration(s) are concisely arranged in the order hereunder:

 

Marghazhi last day, 13th January Bhogi Day

Thai first day, 14th January Pongal / Tamil New Year

Thai second day, 15th January Thiruvalluvar Day

Thai third day, 16th January Farmers’ Day

Thai forth day, 17th January Iyal Tamil Day

Thai fifth day, 18th January Isai Tamil Day

Thai sixth day, 19th January Nataka Tamil Day

 

Let us celebrate Pongal as above.

Let us sing the greatness of our Heritage.

Let us live with honour, pride and glory.

 

I call upon all Tamils regardless of religion, caste or creed to join hands

in celebrating this unique festival cum Tamil New Year.

 

Please pass this email to all your TAMIL friends of all religious belief.

Let’s make the forth coming 15.01.2012 a very meaningful