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Pongal 2018 | பொங்கல் Festival – This is How People Celebrate 4 Days in Tamil Nadu

Pongal 2018

Pongal is a Harvest Festival Dedicated to the Sun which is celebrated mostly by the people in the state of Tamil Nadu. We can also say Pongal as HARVEST FESTIVAL in which harvest festival primarily involves thanking the sun god for the bountiful harvest. This is How People Celebrate 4 Days in Tamil Nadu.

Muharat Timings to Celebrate Pongal Festival

பொங்கல் Festival is celebrated on the first day of Thai in the month of Thai (that is, the January-February 2018), the tenth month in the Tamil calendar. Another reason behind the Pongal is celebrated in this season because of crops like rice, sugarcane, turmeric etc. are harvested.

Pongal Customs and Traditions

It is celebrated very beautifully by offering prayers to god and decorating cows, this prominent festival is a fun festival of scrumptious food and dancing, as there are 5 Traditional Pongal Recipes that are mostly made that are given below:

  • Ven or Khara Pongal
  • Sakkarai Pongal
  • Murukku
  • Vadai
  • Paal Payasam

Pongal 2018

First Day Of Pongal – The Bhogi Festival

The first day of the Bhogi festival is dedicated to god Indra, the god of rain, and the lord of lords. On this day, a huge bonfire is lit as useless items of the household are tossed in it and kept burning throughout the night as ritual of Bhogi Mantalu is also observed in this day.

The best part of this day which is enjoyed a lot is that people enjoy it by doing traditional folk songs and dances. Moreover, houses are decorated with kolams and cow-dung balls with yellow pumpkin flowers set on them.

Second Day – Thai Pongal

This day, a special ritual is performed as it is dedicated to the Sun god by offering the dish which is made by boiling the rice and milk together in an earthen pot – to which a turmeric plant is tied – out in the open as an offering to the sun god. Along with this, sticks of sugarcane, coconuts and bananas are also offered which is basically called Sakkarai pongal.

The traditional design hand-drawn at the entrance of houses with lime powder which is also very interesting part of this festival and it is famously known as kolam. But the main thing that is considered while drawing kolam is that it should be done early in the morning and only after a bath.

Third Day – Mattu Pongal

The third day of this festival is Mattu Pongal which is celebrated in the name of cows. To show the honour and show gratitude towards the cattle stock as cattle are adorned with bells, sheaves of corn and garlands and worshipped. The popular cattle race jallikattu takes place on this day.

Fourth day – Kaanum Pongal

On the fourth and the last day known as Kaanum (or Kanu) and the word “Kaanum” signifies means ‘to visit’, people come together and hold grand union’s by performing a great ritual food are set out in the courtyard on a washed turmeric leaf, along with betel leaves, betel nuts and sugar cane. The last day of the Pongal is enjoyed by every one of the family as it is celebrated together with near and dear ones by spendin quality time together.

 Our team of is wishing you all a Happy Pongal 2018!

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