Seer Varisai

We Tamizhians have a very strong attachment towards our TAMIL language, but that alone is not enough to keep our tradition alive which is as beautiful as our language. We should know about our unique tradition and ensure we pass this on to our future generation; unfortunately, no one finds time to share this and pass this on. In this article, I am going to touch and share a mix of what I know and what I have experienced in my life about one such adorable culture called “SEER VARISAI” (சீர்வரிசை). There will be few differences in the customs followed based on certain caste/community; what I have tried to capture here are most commons ones.

SEER is exchange of presents, pleasantries and pay-return respect between relations for different occasions in life. It is such a beautiful tradition that our ancestors designed to ensure there is constant connect between relations through multiple customs & occasions over different stage of life.

 SEER VARISAI is the way of bonding for a boy child or a girl child (most often), throughout his/her entire life, with his/her parents, brothers, sisters, maternal uncles and paternal aunties. There is different set of seer for different occasions in life.

I am going to break down the different set of seers across most important occasions in life of a girl or boy child; I will start with marriage and the cycle will continue: -

  1. Marriage – marriage has a lot of pre-and-post customs & occasions where seers are a must; here are a list of such marriage customs; click on each of them to expand and see the seer details for each of these occasions
    1. Betrothal / Engagement
    2. Pandha Kaal
    3. Nalungu
    4. Actual Marriage
    5. Bridge/Groom Azhaippu (post wedding)
    6. All major festivals during the 1st marriage year
  2. Pregnancy
    1. 5th month (Marunthu kuduthal)
    2. Valaikappu
    3. Seemantham
  3. POST-Delivery
    1. Punyahavachanam/Namakarnam - Thottil podudhal (naming ceremony/ crib pacifying function)
    2. Kuzhandayai Kondu Viduthal
    3. Ayush Homam
    4. 1st Birthday
    5. Ear Piercing & Birth Hair removal ceremony
  4. Puberty
  5. Grahapravesam 

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4 thoughts on “Seer Varisai

  1. Priya says:

    Good explanation…useful info for young generation like us..could u pls explain for valakappu.. function is hosted by whom…and if mother’s parents brings seer varisai thattu..after function who owns and distributes….similarly…who prepares thambulam for valakappu…can u explain in some blog procedures like seer to be given and thambulam to be given by whom in which occassion

    • kanmaniskitchen says:

      hi priya, sorry for delay response.
      congratulations first of all…
      for valakappu, it should be hosted by groom’s family. girl’s family need to bring seer varisai at the end of the function, the seer varisai belong to boy’s family.The return gift, thambulam and other mandatory things which i mentioned in the seer procedure everything need to bring from girl’s side.
      thank you.

    • kanmaniskitchen says:

      Hi sir,
      thanks for going thru’ my blog.
      i will collate the necessary details and get back to you.Since this is temple related function, i will check the details from our family priest and will update it soon.

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