Vanakkam - Hello in Tamil
Vanakkam is a common greeting in Tamil. We present to you some interesting information about Tamil Nadu.
In case you are from Tamil Nadu and/ or speak Tamil and wish to report inconsistencies, please reply to this topic.
Tamil is a Dravidian language natively spoken by the Tamil people of South Asia.
Let us share some incredible facts about the Tamil language and Tamil Nadu:
Tamil is an official language of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the sovereign nations of Sri Lanka and Singapore, and the Union Territory of Puducherry. Apart from this, it is also recognized as a minority language in South Africa, Malaysia, and Mauritius.
The Tamil language is thought to have been born before 500 BC, as Tamil-Brahmin inscriptions from 500 BC have been found on Adichanallur, an archaeological site in Tamil Nadu. It's not the oldest language in the world, but it is the oldest living language that's still being used today.
Tamil is one of the oldest languages but it also means things like 'beauty', 'sweet', and 'natural'.
(Image Courtesy: https://learn.podium.school/)
Tamil arts include Bharatanatyam dance, south Indian classical music, which is very complex and has its origins in the Middle Ages. The Karagam is the most common folk dance in Tamil Nadu.
(Image Courtesy: https://www.weddingwire.in/)
Kolam, Tamil ground painting, is made from chalk, lime, crushed stone, and colored rice flour. It is drawn every morning by elderly members of the household who believe that it will keep evil out of the house and bring prosperity. It is a century-old custom. The largest Kolam in the world was produced in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
(Image Courtesy: https://homegrown.co.in/)
If you visit Tamilnadu you should start your day with Filter Kaapi (filter coffee) and Murukku, a crispy savory snack. You can have them even after having a meal. Here are some of the Tamilian cuisine that you should include in your meal, Adai Dosai (Lentils Dosa), Thengai Sadam (Coconut Rice), Uppu Kozhakattai (Salty Flour Dumpling), Paruppu Poli (Sweet Flour Pancake), Senai Masiyal (Elephant Yam Stew), Manga Pachadi (Raw Mango Stew), Sambar, a lentil-based stew; Puliyodarai, a combination of tamarind and rice; Rasam, a tangy, peppery broth. Though most of the Tamil people eat vegetarian food, here you can try some non-vegetarian dishes too, like Pollachi Nandu Fry, Crab fry with a spice mix; Pallipalayam Chicken Fry (Village-style Fried Chicken), Mutton Kola Urundai, Chicken Chettinad. To put a sweet endnote to this kind of royal meal, have Paruppu Payasam, a traditional sweet dish.
(Image Courtesy: https://traveltriangle.com/)
Tamil Nadu is home to majestic places that you should visit. You should check out these places French Colony in Pondicherry, Ancient Hills in Mudumalai, Dhanushkodi, a beautiful abandoned Town; Gorgeous Waterfalls in Hogenakkal, stunning Beaches in Tuticorin, Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India; Historical Temples in Trichy, Nagapattinam, a renowned pilgrimage site; Vellore, the Fort City; Courtallam, Spa Town of Tamil Nadu; Madurai, Mahabalipuram, Rameshwaram, Velankanni, Kanchipuram, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Ooty, Kodaikanal.
(Image Courtesy: https://www.india-tours.com/)
Tamil Nadu is also known for its vivid festivals which everyone should take part in if possible. Some of the vibrant festivals are Pongal, Tamil New Year’s Day a.k.a. Puthandu, Natyanjali Dance Festival, Thaipusam, Mahamaham Festival, Thiruvaiyaru Festival, Karthigai Deepam.
Hope you like it, if you know any other fascinating facts about Tamil and Tamil Nadu, let us all know!