PONGAL FESTIVAL – 15 JANUARY 2020

Posted on January 14, 2020 · Posted in Blog, General, Personal

Pongal is the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu, also a great festival of South India. Pongal celebration is also held in Malaysia and Singapore. The festival is celebrated as a Thanks Giving ceremony to God. As we all know, for any farmer Harvesting is the biggest part of all his hard work. He toils all the year with his cattle, working day and night depending on rain and Sun. So, as a note of thanks to God for helping him throughout, Pongal is celebrated in  mid of January every year.

Pongal is believed to be the beginning of Uttarayan – the beginning of Sun’s long journey northwards. People believe with this celebration, God shall give them peace, happiness, prosperity, brightness and harmony in life. On these 4 days, families gather and share their joy.

The 4 days of Pongal celebrations are named as:

  1. Bhogi Pongal: The houses are cleaned getting rid of old things and decorations take place
  2. Surya Pongal: This is the first day of the Tamil Month – Thai. This day is also known as Thai Pongal. People offere Pongal to the Sun God
  3. Mattu Pongal: On this day, the farmer expresses his happiness of a fresh harvest. The happiness is shared in the form of food and sweets
  4. Kaanum Pongal: This day is more like Raksha Bandhan. Brother pay tribute to their sisters and families get together on this day

The houses are cleaned, painted and decorated before the celebrations start. People wear new dresses on these days and they believe it is time to forget everything and simply rejoice. Many people visit their natives since it is a long and most celebrated festival in South India. Most Malaysian and Singaporean Indians also celebrate this festivity in a grand style.

Pongal day, is celebrated by boiling fresh milk with rice early in the morning and allowing it to boil over the Kaanum Pongal.

Sugar Cane is the real treat during Pongal and people enjoy eating it after praying to God. – mohanNatural memory enhancer