Thai masam or Thai month or Thy masam is the tenth month as per the traditional Tamil Calendar. In 2018, Thai Masam begins on January 14 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.
Important Tamil Festivals in Thai Masam 2018
Sunday, 14 January 2018 – Makara Sankranti, Uttarayan Festival
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 – Mauni Amavasya
Monday, 22 January 2018 – Vasant Panchami (Saraswati Pooja)
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 – Ratha Saptami
Thursday, 25 January 2018 – Bhishma Ashtami
Saturday, 27 January 2018 – Jaya Ekadashi
Sunday, 28 January 2018 – Jaya Ekadashi
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 – Magha Purnima
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 – Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse)
Sunday, 11 February 2018 – Vijaya Ekadashi
Thai Masam in Previous Years
In 2017, Thai Masam begins on January 14 and ends on February 12.
In 2016, Thai Masam begins on January 15 and ends on February 12.
In 2015, Thai Masam begins on January 15 and ends on February 12.
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.