Chithirai Masam 2013, Chithirai Month 2013 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 2013, Chithirai Masam begins on April 14 and ends on May 14.
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 2013: Mesha Sankramanam, Tamil New Year (Puthandu, Chithirai Vishu)
15 April 2013: Lakshmi Panchami, Matsya Jayanti
16 April 2013: Skanda Sashti, Ramana Maharshi Jayanti
19 April 2013: Sri Ramanavami
21 April 2013: Dharmaraja Dashami
22 April 2013: Kamada Ekadashi
23 April 2013: Vamana Dwadashi, Damanotsava Dwadashi
24 April 2013: Ananga Trayodashi
25 April 2013: Chaitra Pournami, Hanuman Jayanti
29 April 2013: Sankashti Chaturthi
5 May 2013: Varudhini Ekadashi
8 May 2013: Masa Shivarathri
In 2012, Chithirai masam was from April 13 to 12 May.