Monday, October 22, 2007

RCI -Tamil Festivals Thiruvathirai
Marghazhi Month, is the most sacred month in the Tamil Calendar (Mid Dec- 1st week of Jan). At this time of the year, thw world over enjoys cool nights and not too warm days and it is a welcome month in Tamilnadu that goes through hot weather most of the year. Vaishnavites consider it sacred to worship Lord Krishna in this month, Saivites pray to Lord Shiva. Not to mention the Holy and Merry Christmas that falls in this month.
Elaborating the Saivite practice, In this month on the Thiruvathirai Star day Saivites fervently perform Pooja for Lord Shiva (Nataraja).
It is significant that one of the six anointing ceremonies of Lord Nadarajah takes place on this day. Further Lord Nadarajah comes out in a procession of this day to give Darshan to his devotees.
During this day in all Shiva Temples, grand poojas are held, delighting the Shiva worshippers.
Chidambaram Kovil, Perur Pattesswaran Kovil are some of the temples celebrate this day grandly.

Festival Day Special Dish:-

Thiruvathirai kali
Thaalagam and Butter.
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Diwali
Diwali, also called Deepavali, is a major Indian festival that is very significant in Hinduism. Known as the "Festival of Lights," it symbolizes the victory of good over evil, and lamps are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for humankind. Fireworks are associated with the festival.

Festival Day Special Dish:-

Diwali Legiyam
Boondhi Laddu
Jangiri
Mullu Murukku
Kara Sev
Ribbon Pakkoda

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Karadayan Nonbu

During karadayan nonbu women invoke the blessings of Gowri devi to attain such a husband for all seven births.
Unmarried girls pray for a good husband and married women pray for their husband's long life. It is celebrated during the 1st day of Panguni month.
(Mid March)
During this day Sathyavan Savithiri prayed to Lord Yama and freed her husband Sathyavan from him.

We also Pray to Goddess Kamakshi on this day and ask for the wellness of our husband's life.

Festival day Special Recipes:-

Nonbu Adai - Sweet Version

Nonbu Adai -Salted Version

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TAMIL NEW YEAR

The month of Chitthirai has arrived and with it the Tamil New Year’s Day; April 14th – an occasion for celebration for Tamilians all over the world.

The highlight of the festival is the 'Maanga Pachadi' (a dish made of raw mangoes, jaggery and neem flowers), which is at the same time sweet, sour and bitter. This signifies all the different aspects of our life.

Festival Special Recipes:-

1. Maang0 pachadi
2. Neermore
3. Kosumalli
4. Panagam

This is my submission for RCI(Tamil Festivals) Hosted by Viji of VCuisine.

13 comments:

Daily Meals said...

Nice information about Tamil Festivals and Dishes, Menu Today!

Asha said...

I missed the Halwa post MT.Didin't open the lappy yesterday.Looks delicious.
This post very informative.We have never celebrated Dasara here in US before.This weekend I cooked for RCI!:D

USHA said...

Hi MT,
Hats off!!!!who have covered all our major festivals....nice information with delicious recipes...
A nice entry for the event....

Prema Sundar said...

good informative post MT. great entry

Suganya said...

You had it all done quite ahead, MT. But when you put it together like this, I draw a deep breath. Great job!

Menu Today said...

Hi Vijaya,
Thanks.

Hi Asha,
Thanks, Here we celebrated in small manner. I am waiting for your post.

Hi Usha,
Thank you so much.

Hi Prema,
Thanks a lot.

Hi Suganya,
Same opinion came from my husband. Thanks:-)

Latha Narasimhan said...

Great post dear!:) You missed my golu post! I will look into your Godumai halwa!:))

So many tamizh festivals and to cover all we need 1 year time!:D

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Nice write-up.....Enjoyed reading the post :-)

Bharathy said...

Oh yeah all put together will be difinitely be "an easy look up.."

Nice informative post.MT :)

Menu Today said...

Hi latha,
I saw your Golu post.Very nice. Thanks.
Yes, I agree with you.

Hi Sirishi,
Thanks a lot.

Hi Bharathy,
This year we are not having any celebrations, so that I covered all the earlier recipes. Thanks, keep visiting.

Vcuisine said...

MT it's like a cook book. Shall I include other entries too? But I need the photos for them. Will you send it or shall I take it. Please let me know. They are all too good and learners will be so happy to refer. Viji

sam said...

Free Online Tamil Calendar Comprehensive and authentic tamil daily calendar for 2009. Easy to search functionality provided, to find the date you wish to get the data. Find the Hindu, Muslim or Christian festivals and government holidays.

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