Spin On Festivals




  • By Rohit
  • Dec 20, 2019

Pongal is a harvest festival, celebrated for 4 days in Tamil Nadu, India. This festival is one of the most significant famous Hindu celebrations of the year. This four-day Thanksgiving to nature festival takes its name from the Tamil word signifying "to boil" and is celebrated in the month of January-February (Thai) during the season when rice and different grains, sugar-stick, and turmeric are reaped. Tamilians resolve and forgot all the family issues on this day and reunite. This month is the best month of the wedding.

Bhogi (First Day)

This first day is praised as Bhogi celebration on this day Lord Indra worship is done (Lord Indra is the God of Rain). Obeisance is paid to Lord Indra for the wealth of harvest, whereby carrying plenty and progress to the land. Another custom observed on this day is Bhogi Mantalu when trifling family member throws things into a fire made of wood and cow manure cakes. Young ladies move around the campfire, singing songs in recognition of the divine beings, the spring, and harvest. The essentialness of the campfire, where is scorched the horticultural squanders and kindling is to keep warm during the last month of winter.

Thai Pongal (Second Day)

On the second day of Pongal, the puja or worship is done when the rice is cooked in milk outside in a pottery pot and is then emblematically offered to the sun-god alongside different offerings. All individuals wear customary dress and markings, and there is a fascinating custom where a couple discards rich ceremonial utensils particularly utilized for the puja. In the town, the Pongal function is completed all the more essentially yet with a similar commitment. As per the selected custom, a turmeric plant is tied around the pot in which the rice is boiled. The contributions incorporate the two sticks of sugar-stick in foundation and coconut and bananas in the dish. A typical element of the puja is kolam, the propitious design which is usually made in white lime powder in front of the house.

Mattu Pongal (Third Day)

The third day of Pongal is known by the name of Mattu Pongal. Multi-hued dabs, tinkling ringers, bundles of corn and rose laurels are tied around the neck of the cows and then after that, they are worshiped. They are encouraged with Pongal and taken to the town focuses. The resonating of the cattle bells pull in the townspeople as the youngster's race each other's owsen. The whole climate gets happy and brimming with fun and celebration. Arati is performed on them, to avert the hostile stare.

As per an old story, when Shiva asked his bull, Basava, to go to the earth and request that the humans have an oil back rub and shower each day and to eat once every month. Accidentally, Basava declared that everybody ought to eat day by day and have an oil shower once per month. This slip-up infuriated Shiva who at that point reviled Basava, banishing him to live on the earth for eternity. He would need to furrow the fields and assist individuals with delivering more nourishment.

Kaanum Pongal (Fourth Day)

The 4th day is known by the name of Knau or Kaanum Pongal day. On this day, a turmeric leaf is washed and is then set on the ground. On this set leaf, the sweet Pongal and Venn Pongal, traditional rice just (rice cored with red and yellow), betel leaves, betel nuts, two bits of sugarcane, turmeric leaves, and plantains are placed. In Tamil Nadu, ladies play out this custom before soaping. Every one of the ladies, youthful and old, of the house collected in the yard. The rice is set in the focal point of the leaf, while the ladies solicit that the house and family from their siblings ought to succeed. Arati is performed for the siblings with turmeric water, limestone and rice, and this water is sprayed on the kolam in front of the home.

Pongal Traditional Food

All 4 days of Pongal various sorts of delicious foods are cooked in the house. Some of the traditional Pongal dishes are given below.

  • Sakkarai Pongal
  • Lemon Rice
  • Sugarcane Pongal
  • Ven Pongal
  •  Idli Sambhar
  • Medu Vada
  • Payasam
  • Curd Rice
  • Coconut Rice
  • Tamarind Rice

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