The start of the Tamil new year is to be celebrated across India.

The arrival of the Tamil new year is to be celebrated across India, with special rites and ceremonies taking place to herald the start of the new calendar.

Also known as Puthandu, the event is celebrated after the vernal equinox and this year will be taking place on April 13th.

It is held to mark the date when it is believed Lord Brahma started creation.

A number of special rituals are performed to mark the arrival of the day, with kanni starting the day.

Involving the viewing of auspicious items such as gold and silver jewellery, flowers, rice and coconuts at dawn, it is said this will help to bring good fortune for the coming year.

Worshippers will then bathe and go to the temple to say prayers, as well as adorning their homes with decorations made from rice flour.

People will then have a feast to celebrate the start of the new year.

Written by Ruth Norris

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