PONGAL- The Feast of Tamil Nadu!
Pongal, referred as the Thai Pongal, is the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the vital festivals celebrated by the Tamilians. It is a four day festival i.e from 13th January to 16th January, sometimes from 14th January to 17th January. This ancient festival is celebrated to “Thank the Nature for its resources like sun, rain etc.” And the Thai Pongal is primarily celebrated to render appreciation to the Sun God for providing the energy for agriculture. As a result, farmers render their first best produce to God and celebrate Pongal.
The significance of Pongal given from the field of Astrology is that, It marks the start of the sun’s six-month-long journey northwards (the Uttarayanam). This correlates to the Indic solstice wherein the sun enters the 10th house of the Indian zodiac Makara or Capricorn.
THE FIRST DAY:
The First day is claimed to be BHOGI. It is celebrated by honouring the Lord Indra, who gives the showers from above (rain) to the mankind. Moreover, people burn their useless households in the fire made from wood and cow dung cakes.
THE SECOND DAY:
This day is the main auspicious day and on this day, special poojas or worship is done. Moreover, milk is made to boil and when it starts to bubble and overflow out of the vessel, freshly harvested rice grains are added to the pot. It is then offered to the sun as the Sun is the one who transcends time and rotates the proverbial wheel of time.
THE THIRD DAY:
The third day is celebrated as Mattu Pongal, wherein the cows are decorated and painted in the villages with Multi-colored beads, tinkling bells and sheaves of corn. The cows will be fed with Pongal and they will be worshipped.
THE FOURTH DAY:
The fourth day is commemorated as the Kaanum Pongal. It is one of the essential one as many families unite together and go for outing. This is well observed both in rural and urban areas. In the rural areas, people visit their relatives place whereas in urban places, people migrate to beaches, malls, theatres for unwinding their worn out minds….
As the saying goes “Thai Pirandhal Vazhi Pirakkum”, May this Thai Pongal bring you all good luck. Wishing you the most and more!!!!