Chithirai Month 2014 – Tamil Chithirai Masam 2014 in Traditional Calendar in Tamil Nadu

Chithirai is the first month in a traditional Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. The first day or Chithirai 1 is observed as New Year by many Hindu Tamil communities. Chithirai Month in 2014 begins on April 14 and ends on May 14. Some of the important and auspicious days in the month include Chithirai festival at Madurai Meenakshi Temple and Pournami.

Note – The previous DMK government of Tamil Nadu through a legislation had made Thai (January - February) the first month and Pongal the New Year but many Hindu communities still follow Chithirai as the first month. This legislation was cancelled by the next government that came into power.

Chithirai Pournami and Amavasai
Chithirai Amavasai is on April 29, 2014. The Amavasi begins at 12:01 PM on April 28 and ends at 11:06 AM on April 29. (Indian Standard Time).

Pournami, or full moon day, in Chithirai month is on May 14, 2014. The Pournami begins at 1:12 AM on May 14 and ends at 12:21 AM on May 15 (Indian Standard Time).

There are two Pournami in this month. The first is on April 15, 2014. For festivals and other rituals the second pournami on May 14 is followed.

Thirukkalyanam or Celestial Wedding Festival at Madurai Meenakshi Temple which is known as Chithirai festival is held in this month.

Festival and Auspicious dates in Chithirai Month 2014
  • Pillayar Sankatahara Chaturthi is on April 18
  • Sashti – May 5
  • Chithirai Pournami – May 14
The next month in Tamil Calendar is the Vaigasi Masam.