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Thiruvalluvar Day

Thiruvalluvar Day 2021, 2022 and 2023

Thiruvalluvar Day is a public holiday in the state of Tamil Nadu, falling on 15 January. However, on leap years, it falls on 16 January. Thiruvalluvar Day is a part of the larger days-long celebration called “Pongal Festival”.

YearDateDayHolidayStates
202115 JanFriThiruvalluvar Day TN
202215 JanSatThiruvalluvar Day TN
202315 JanSunThiruvalluvar Day TN
202416 JanTueThiruvalluvar Day TN
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The day is dedicated to the memory of famed Tamil scholar and poet, “Saint Thiruvalluvar”, who contributed both poetry and a major work on ethics to the Tamil literary tradition. Thiruvalluvar lived well over 2,000 years ago, but his legacy of philosophy and art continues to impact Indian culture to this day.

On Thiruvalluvar Day, a kind of a family reunion takes place among Tamil Nadu families, wherein elders are honoured. In return, the elders speak blessings on younger family members and may also give out gifts of money. It is also customary for women to offer multi-coloured food to birds, laid out for them on banana leaves or other greenery.

A statue of Thiruvalluvar, located in Chennai, is also a centre of attention on Thiruvalluvar Day. It is carved out of solid granite and is designed to look like a Dravidian temple. Garlands are laid down at this statue on Thiruvalluvar Day.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHolidayStates
202016 JanThuThiruvalluvar Day TN
201915 JanTueThiruvalluvar Day TN
201815 JanMonThiruvalluvar Day TN
201715 JanSunThiruvalluvar Day TN