Aadi Amavasai: A day to connect with your ancestors
The festivals are important part of social life of mankind. There are various days and festivals celebrated in different culture. One of such day is known as Aadi Amavasai which belongs to Tamil culture and hence it is observed more in southern India. Aadi Amavasai is the special day on which you should remember your ancestors and seek their blessings. According to Tamil calendar Aadi is an auspicious month and Aadi Amavasi occur during no moon day. This year, this auspicious day was on August 14th. During this special day you can offer pujas to your ancestors that help them to easily transit to the other world and which a can also help to liberate their souls. According to Hindu religion this day is very important and you need the blessing of your forefathers to lead a happy and peaceful life. This day resembles the Shraddha Paksha of Northern India also.
Rituals for Aadi Amavasai
It is highly auspicious to conduct rituals like Tarpan and Shradh for your closely departed souls. It is also good to do fasting on this special day. Another major ritual is the group fire ritual which will be offered to both the Sun and the Moon. You can also give food to poor people on this day. This is day is also dedicated to worship Lord Shiva. People who are very religious take a holy dip in the river and some even shave their head. According to Hindu religion it is very important to appease and pray for ancestors’ souls as their blessings can turn the life and help one get prosperous. There are also people who just pray forefathers to have their salvation. Hence as per the regional belief and culture this day is observed in different areas also.