Pongal Festival 2014, A Famous Festival of Tamil Nadu
Pongal is a very famous festival of TamilNadu. Tamil people celebrate this harvest festival with full enthusiasm and enjoyment. Meaning of Pongal in Tamil is “boiling over” and spill over of milk in clay pot is a symbol of large quantity of material for the household. This festival is associated with thanksgiving to Sun God and farm animals that have helped in creating material abundance.
There is a saying in Tamil about the Pongal festival “Thai Pirandhal Vazhi Pirakkum” which means “the commencement of Thai paves the way for new opportunities”. This festival is celebrated every year from January 13 -16. So it is a festival of three days.
First day of the festival is called as Bhogi Pongal which is associated with domestic activities. On this day, Lord Indra is worshiped to bring prosperity to the land. On this day, people clean their houses and make rangoli at front door of their house. They buy new clothes and gather at one place to celebrate the festival.
On the second day of the festival, worship of God Sun is done and the day is called as Surya Pongal. People pray to God Sun to get his benedictions. Third day of the festival is associated with the worship of farm animals like cow, bull, etc. People wash their cattle, paint their horns and give them Pongal dishes. This day is called as Mattu Pongal.
Fourth day of the festival is a day for excursions and is also called as Kanu Pongal. On this day, girls place colored balls of cooked rice in open air for birds and crows. With each ball of rice, a sister prays for the happiness of her brothers.
People make so many special dishes in clay pots and they use stones and wood as fuel to make these dishes. Hope that in 2014 also people will celebrate Pongal on the decided date of January month with full passion.