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Tamil New Year Is Legally Back on April

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TAMIL NADU, INDIA, August 23, 2011 (DNA India): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa celebrated her 100th day in office in style, by nullifying yet another decision taken by former Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi. She shifted the Tamil New Year Day back to the original month of Chithirai (mid-April). The previous Karunanidhi regime had in 2008, by a special resolution, changed the age-old Tamil New Year Day from Chithirai to Thai (mid-January).

The previous anti-Hindu government had asked Hindus to observe Tamil New Year along with Pongal, the harvest festival. This had evoked wide protest from the people of the state. Interestingly, the people continued to observe Tamil New Year Day in Chithirai.

“Members of the public, archeological experts, pundits, astronomy exponents and others have expressed the opinion that the DMK government’s 2008 decision to shift the Tamil New Year was against the practice of centuries,” said SP Shanmuganathan, House by Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister, who tabled a Bill in the Assembly to revert the New Years Day back to mid-April. “They requested the government to revert the Tamil New Year to the month of Chithirai,” he said.

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