Tamil people celebrate Tamil new year on 14th 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 jewelry, 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 the Meenakshi 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 Tamil homes 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.
On the day of Tamil New Year, a big Car Festival is held at Tiruvidaimarudur near Kumbakonam. Festivals are also held at Tiruchirapalli, Kanchipuram and many other places.