For others, the new year falls on Ugadi and Gudi Padwa, which falls a few weeks before Puthandu.According to a 1957 publication by Gunasegaram, the new year celebrated in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Champa (Vietnam) is the Tamil New Year with roots in the practices of Mohenjo-daro (Indus Valley Civilization).
One is China, and this influence is found for example in Vietnam and southeastern China.
These Sino-influenced communities celebrate the new year in the first or second lunar month after the winter solstice in December.
These complex dish is ritually tasted by Tamils, as similar multi-flavors are by Hindus elsewhere on the new year.
Such traditional festive recipes, that combine different flavors, are a symbolic reminder that one must expect all flavors of experiences in the coming new year, that no event or episode is wholly sweet or bitter, experiences are transitory and ephemeral, and to make the most from them.
However, this is not the universal new year for all Hindus.
For some, such as those in and near Gujarat, the new year festivities coincide with the five-day Diwali festival.
On the eve of Puthandu, a tray arranged with three fruits (mango, banana and jack fruit), betel leaves and arecanut, gold/silver jewellery, coins/money, flowers and a mirror.
Sri Lankan Tamils observe the traditional new year in April with the first financial transaction known as the Kai-vishesham.
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