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Aadi Perukku

Aadi Perukku is celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil Month Aadi (mid July to mid August). In 2017, the date of Aadi Perukku is August 3. Since it is celebrated on the 18th day, the festival is also known as Pathinettam perukku. The aadi month falls during the monsoon season and is essentially a thanksgiving to monsoon which fills the rivers – the lifeline of farmers.

The festival is celebrated in full fervor by people residing along the Cauvery River bank. ‘Perukku’ means rising – indicating the rising water in rivers. The festival is essentially a form of Nature worship.

Special food is prepared on this day and family and friends get together and pray for uninterrupted supply of water and a good harvest. In some communities on Aadi Perukku day, the bride’s parents invite their daughter’s husband and present new clothes.

Another major festival in Aadi month is the Aadi Puram.