Tamil & Vishu New Year Celebration at Xinjiang Medical University

‘Puthandu’ is the New Year for the Tamil people that are comes in the month of Chitteraim, which is also the first month according to the Tamil solar calendar. Vishu is the Malayalam New Year festival. According to the solar cycle of the lunisolar Hindu calendar, it is celebrate on the first day of the month called Medam. Vishu signifies the sun’s transit into the Meda Raasi (first solar month). Mostly, it comes in the middle of April in the Gregorian calendar and this year, it is on April 14.Tamils called as the New Year celebration of Puthandu, Malayalee Hindus will have a similar festival to mark Vishu. The Sikhs celebrates on the same day Vaisakhi.

Here in the Xinjiang medical university (XJMU), many students celebrated with get-togethers lunch. Common foods served at a Tamil New Year/Vishu celebration included fruits.

Food is a special attraction on Tamil New Year & Vishu with Sadya — a mix of salty, sweet, sour and bitter items. Malayali people prepare a setting called Vishukkani — prolific with items such as rice, golden lemon, golden cucumber, coconut cut open, jack fruit, kanmashi Kajal, betel leaves, arecanut, metal mirror, golden yellow Konna flowers, holy Hindu texts, coins or currency notes, oil lamp, and an image of the Hindu God Vishnu. The elderly person in the house lights up the lamp at dawn and blindfolds each member to open their eyes to see the lamp first.

Despite being raining, all the Indian students were present at the beautiful campus of XJMU, Xinjiang to participate in the New Year celebration.

All Indian students were present in the XJMU attended together and celebrated Tamil New Year/Vishu with Dean Mr. Hairullah and Zhangjun.