Chithirai Masam 2016, Chithirai Month 2016 in Tamil Calendar. The first day of Chithirai masam marks the beginning of Tamil New Year (Varusha).
Chithirai Masam or Chitirai month is the first month in the traditional Tamil Panchangam which follows the solar calendar. The 1st day of Chitirai month (Chithirai 1) is celebrated as Tamil New Year which is also known as Chithirai Vishu or Puthandu or Varsha Pirapu. Chithirai is considered as highly auspicious month in Tamil Calendar. In 2016, Chithirai Masam begins on April 14 and ends on May 13.
Chithirai Thiruvizha or Madurai Chithirai Festival, popularly known as Chithirai Brahmotsavam, in Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple is celebrated during this month. Chithirai Pournami is also an auspicious day in Tamil Nadu.
Chithirai masam coincides with Chaitra month and Vaishakha month in traditional lunar calendars followed in North India, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. Chithirai month coincides with Medam month in Malayalam calendar. Next month in Tamil calendar is Vaikasi Masam.
Tamil Festivals in Chithirai Masam 2013
14 April 2016 – Mesha Sankramanam, Tamil New Year (Puthandu, Chithirai Vishu), Paurnami Vrata, Vishu Punyakalam (Chithirai 1), Durmukhi Chithirai begins.
Friday, 15 April 2016 – Sri Rama Navami
Sunday, 17 April 2016 – Kamada Ekadashi
Friday, 22 April 2016 – Hanuman Jayanti
Tuesday, 3 May 2016 – Varuthini Ekadashi
Sunday, 8 May 2016 – ParashuRam Jayanti
Monday, 9 May 2016 – Akshaya Thadige
Thursday, 12 May 2016 – Ganga Saptami