Internet desk| Pongal is a major festival of Tamil Hindus, which is celebrated every year on 14/15 January. It can be compared to ‘Navann’ which is celebrated for harvesting. Pongal in Tamil means, ebullient or vibration. This festival is traditionally devoted to prosperity, in which rain, sunshine and farming cattle are worshiped to bring prosperity. The history of this festival is a thousand years old and it is celebrated enthusiastically by Tamilians living in other parts of the country besides Tamils living in
Relation between Makar Sakranti, Lohri and Pongal
The day of January 14 is celebrated in the name of Makar Sankranti in northern
The significance of Pongal can also be estimated from this fact that this festival goes on for four days. Every day Pongal has different names. It starts from January.
The first pongal is called bhogi pongal, which is dedicated to Devraj Indra. This is called bhogi pongal because Devaraj Indra is considered to be a God of pleasure in luxury. In this evening people bring their old clothes from garbage and gather them at one place and burn them. It shows respect for God and the feeling of the end of evils. Around this fire, young people play Kottam all night long.
The second pongal is called Surya o Sun Pongal. This is God's request to the sun. On this day, a special type of kheer called Pongal is made, which is made from moong dal and jaggery prepared with fresh paddy in pottery. After pongal preparation, special worship of sun deity is offered and it is offered in prasad form to pongal and sugarcane.
The third pongal is called Mattoo Pongal. According to Tamil beliefs, Mattoo is Lord
Kanya Pongal is celebrated on the last day of this four-day festival, which is also called by the name of Tiruvallur. This day the house is decorated. They decorate their doors, and make ‘torans’ made by mango and coconut leaves. On this day, women make kolam i.e. Rangoli in the house on the main door. On this day Pongal is celebrated with great pomp. People wear new clothes and send Pongal and sweets to each other’s house.