Mon. Jan 25th, 2021
Pongal 2021: Importance of the festival, rituals and celebration

New Delhi: The significantly-revered harvest festival of South India, ‘Pongal’ is becoming celebrated this 12 months on January 14, Thursday. Also acknowledged as Thai Pongal, the four-day lengthy festivity grips the Southern states of the nation. 

The extremely to start with day of Pongal and Makar Sankranti festivities is referred to as Bhogi. It is a key festival in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Telangana namely. Having said that, it is largely a pan India festival. Bhogi typically precedes Pongal.

Committed to Surya Dev or Sun God, the harvest festival coincides with Makar Sankranti. Pongal festival is spread in excess of 3 days predominantly named Bhogi Pongal, Surya Pongal and Maattu Pongal, nonetheless, some Tamilians celebrate the fourth day as Kanum Pongal respectively. 

‘Pongal’ usually means ‘boil’ or ‘overflow’ referring to the common dish ready from the new harvest of rice boiled in milk with jaggery. Just after getting ready the sweet Pongal dish, it is to start with supplied to the gods and goddesses. Later on, an giving is manufactured to the cows and then shared by the relatives. 

Cows are decorated and their horns adorned with attractive embellishments, such as ritual bathing and procession. Also, households decorate rice-powder primarily based kolam artworks, offer you prayers in the property, temples with relatives and good friends. 

Presents are also presented to every single other, making certain bonhomie amongst all. Devotees pray to the Lord and thank Sun God for offering them with abundance and prosperity. 

Here is wishing all our readers a extremely joyful Pongal!



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