Chithirai Masam 2017, Chithirai Month 2017 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 2017, 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, Telangana and Karnataka. Chithirai month coincides with Medam month in Malayalam calendar. Next month in Tamil calendar is Vaikasi Masam.
Tamil Festivals in Chithirai Masam 2017
14 April 2017 – Tamil New Year (Chithirai 1, Varusha Pirappu, Puthandu), Sabarimala Nada Thurappu, Sankatahara Chaturthi, Mesha Sankranti, Vishu
20 April 2017 – Thiruvona Vratham
22 April 2017 – Varuthini Ekadashi
23 April 2017 – Vaishnava Varuthini Ekadashi
24 April 2017 – Soma Pradosha Vratham, Masa Shivaratri
26 April 2017 – Amavasai
27 April 2017 – Karthikai Vratham
28 April 2017 – Parashurama Jayanti, Akshaya Tritiya
29 April 2017 – Chaturthi Vratham
1 May Day , Shashti Vratham, Sri Somavara Vratam
4 May 2017 – Agni Nakshatram
6 May 2017 – Meenakshi Thirukalyanam, Mohini Ekadashi
8 May 2017 – Soma Pradosha Vratham, Pradosham
9 May 2017 – Narasimha Jayanti
10 May 2017 – Pournami Viratam, Pournami, Kurma Jayanti, Chitra Pournami, Buddha Purnima