Puthandu or Varusha Pirappu is celebrated on the first day of the Tamil new year in Tamil Nadu. As per the Hindu solar calendar, Tamil New Year or Puthandu is on April 14, 2015.
This day marks the first day of the traditional Tamil calendar. People celebrate this day with much zest and greet each other by saying ‘Puthundu Vazthukal’. The day is spent by feasting on traditional Tamil dishes, giving gifts to each other and visiting homes of near and dear ones. The festival is not only celebrated in Tamil Nadu but also in Sri Lanka.
During this day, Tamilians draw elaborately decorative kolam/ rangoli on the corridor of their homes and have a huge feast. Red milk rice mixed with sugar cane and sweetmeat is also prepared. This auspicious day is chosen by the elders to hand over money to young children as a token of good luck on the first day of the New Year!
( Source: India.com)