Thiruvalluvar Day

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Recently, the Prime Minister of India paid tributes to Saint Thiruvalluvar on Thiruvalluvar Day.

About Thiruvalluvar Day

  • Thiruvalluvar Day was first celebrated on May 17 and 18 in 1935.
  • In the present time, it is usually observed either on January 15 or 16 in Tamil Nadu and is a part of Pongal celebrations.
  • The occasion is named after and honours the poet, Thiruvalluvar

Who is Thiruvalluvar?

  • He was a poet and philosopher, is regarded as a cultural icon by Tamils.
  • He is fondly referred to as Valluvar by Tamils.
  • His most popular work is Thirukkuṛaḷ, a collection of couplets on ethics, politics, economy and love.
  • Thiruvalluvar’s primary work Thirukkural contains 1330 couplets (kurals) that are divided into 133 sections of 10 couplets each.
  • The text is divided into three parts with teachings on dharma, artha, and kama (virtue, wealth and love).
  • Each section covers a wide range of topics and imparts moral, ethical, and practical guidance to the readers.
  • The couplets are composed in a concise and poetic form, making them easily memorable and quotable.

Q1) What is Ethics?

It is the discipline concerned with what is morally good and bad and morally right and wrong. The term is also applied to any system or theory of moral values or principles.

Source: PM pays tributes to Saint Thiruvalluvar