Thai masam or Thai month or Thy masam is the tenth month as per the traditional Tamil Calendar. In 2015, Thai Masam begins on January 15 and ends on February 12.
This month is one of the auspicious months for Tamil speaking people all around the world. Some Tamil people celebrate the first day of Thai masam or Thai Pongal as the Tamil New Year day.
But traditional Tamil New Year day is celebrated as Puthandu which usually falls on Mesha Sankranti (Mesha Sankramana).
Thai masam is the favourite month for Lord Murugan and Lord Shiva. During the month, Murugan devotees carry Kavadis to Aarupadaiveedu (six abodes dedicated to Lord Murugan). Thai Pusam is one of the major festivals celebrated in Thai masam.
Maha Shivaratri is another big festival celebrated on Thai masa Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi day.
Thai Sukravaram or the Fridays in this month are very auspicious for Telugu speaking people settled in Tamil Nadu.
15 January 2015 – Pongal Festival, Uttarayana Punyakalam, Trilokya Gauri Vratam, Makara Jyoti Darshanam
16 January 2015 – Kaanu Mattupongal, Tiruvalluvar Day, Ekadashi Vratham
18 January 2015 – Monthly Shivaratri, Pradosham
19 January 2015 – Bodhayana Amavasyai
20 January 2015 – Thai Amavasyai
21 January 2015 – Chandra Darshanam, Shravana Vratham
23 January 2015 – Chaturthi Vratam
24 January 2015 – Vasanta Panchami
25 January 2015 – Shashti Vratam
26 January 2015 – Rathasaptami, Vastu Day
27 January 2015 – Bhishmashtami
28 January 2015 – Kartikai Vratham
30 January 2015 – Bheema Ekadashi (Jaya Ekadashi)
31 January 2015 – Varaha Dwadashi
1 February 2015 – Pradosham
3 February 2015 – Thai Poosam, Paurnami Vratam
7 February 2015 – Sankatahara Chaturthi
Thai Masam in Previous Years
In 2014, Thai Masam begins on January 14 and ends on February 12.
In 2013, Thai Masam begins on January 15 and ends on February 12. Thai masam in 2012 was from 15th January 2012 to 13th February 2012.