Today, many people in Canada and around the world celebrate Puthandu to welcome the beginning of a new year.
- Puthandu is also known as Tamil New Year or Puthuvarudam;
- Puthandu is the first day of year on the Tamil calendar, which falls onto April 14 of the Gregorian calendar;
- This day coincides with the New Year’s Day of Hindu calendars in other states of India, known in various local names and celebrated in regional traditions.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has issued a statement on Puthandu.