The Tamil New Year or Puthandu that is also generally known as 'Varusha Pirappu' and it marks the dawn of the Dravidian New Year in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On the eve of Varusha Pirappu the people pray to the Gods and thank them and also wishes for prosperity for the coming year. The Tamil New Year falls on the first day Chithirai (Tamil Month) that is normally on the 13th or 14th April every year. In Tamil Nadu if Sankranti falls after sunrise and before the sunset the new year is considered on the same day but if Sankranti is after sunset then the new year is considered to be on the next day. This year Puthandu will be celebrated on the 14th April.