An Indian version of Thanksgiving, Pongal is a harvest festival that is celebrated all over Tamil Nadu. It’s a celebration for four days, each day carrying its own significance. The first day of the Tamil month “Thai” is celebrated as Pongal. According to English calendar it generally falls on the 14th or 15th of January every year.
People celebrate the year’s harvest and offer a special thanksgiving to God, the sun, the earth and the cattle. Pongal comes from the Tamil word “Ponga” which means, “to boil” and also it is a name of a dish that is prepared with the newly harvested rice on the festive day.
Lets take a look in detail on how the festival is celebrated
Text: Sneha M