Happy mid-April! Today is is the day many Indians in the southern states celebrate as their New Year. This past Saturday my cousins Uma and Nando hosted a New year lunch to celebrate spring and for all good fortune.
April 14th usually marks the time when the the sun is considered to move from the southern to the northern hemisphere. This is also the day according to Hindu mythology, when Lord Brahma began to create the universe, hence it is known as the start of a new year.
Celebrating Tamil New Year with the Cousins
Celebrating with the cousins is always a treat! Uma is an amazing cook and we all look forward to her phenomenal homemade vegetarian spread!
I am always up for an excuse to hang out with family, have delicious home cooked meal, and get dressed in our Indian attire. A fun afternoon was had by all.
Family pics to start the celebration
South Indian vegetarian feast on the menu
On the Menu:
Black eyed peas and squash stew
Potato stir fry – cousin Meera
Rasam – cousin Gowri
Dahi vada – lentil fritters soaked in spiced yogurt
Fresh cut fruit – me
Kheer – sweet rice and milk pudding
Time to eat!
Dessert time 👌🏼
I’m sure there was tea to end this fun afternoon but we had to leave early as Rani had projects due and she was leaving home at 4am to catch her flight for NY to head back to school after spring break.
Special thanks to Uma and Nando for hosting this year’s Tamil New Year!