Today, 14 April 2013 is Puthandu, Tamil New Year, Varusha Pirappu, Chithirai Vishu festival. Puthandu 2013 marks the beginning of Vijaya Nama Samvatsaram as per Tamil calendar.
This is the first day in Tamil month of Chithirai masam in Vijaya year. As per Hinduism (Tamil beliefs), Chithirai Vishu is the day during which Lord Brahma started the creation.
Many temples host special pujas during Puthandu in Tamil Nadu. Chithirai Vishu is also known as Chithirai 1 or Chithirai month 1.
Mesha Sankramana, the transition of Sun into Aries Zodiac (Mesha Rashi), marks the onset of Tamil New Year. It is also known as Souramana Ugadi festival as it marks the beginning of Sauramana Panchangam, the Solar Hindu calendar.
Tamil New Year day 2013 date in USA & Canada is – April 13 (PST, MST, CST & EST).
Tamil New Year day 2013 date in UK & Europe, UAE & other Gulf countries – April 14
Tamil New Year day 2013 date in Singapore, Malaysia – April 14
Tamil New Year day 2013 date in Australia & New Zealand – April 14