Thiruvathira Festival is an important celebration in Kerala. In 2017, Thiruvathira festival date is January 11. Also known as Arudra Darisanam, this festival falls on Thiruvathira Nakshatram day in Dhanu Month of Malayalam calendar.
On the same day in Tamil Nadu, Arudra Darisanam is celebrated. It is the special day for Shiva Puja. The literal meaning of ‘Thiruvathira’ also says as it is the best day for Lord Shiva Puja.
Married women pray to Lord Shiva for health and longevity of their husbands. Unmarried girls offer special prayers to get good husbands.
‘Thiruvathira Pattu’ (a song sung during Thiruvathirai), ‘Thiruvathirakkali’ or ‘Kaikottikali’ (a dance form performed during Thiruvathira) and ‘Pathirapoochoodal’ are the several aspects of cultural extravaganza of Thiruvathira festival in Kerala.
The first Thiruvathira festival after marriage for a couple (mainly woman) is known as ‘Puthen Thiruvathira’ or ‘Poothiruvathira’. It has great significance in terms of celebrations.
Thiruvathira festival is also associated with ‘Tharakasura Samharam’ by Lord Subramanya (Kartikeya). Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvathi, Subramanya Swamy and Kamadeva are worshipped on this festival.
In 2015, Thiruvathira festival date was January 5 & December 26.
In 2013, Thiruvathira festival date was December 18.
In 2012, Thiruvathira festival date was January 8 & December 28.