Pongal 2021: Date, significance and celebration


Pongal 2021: Makar Sankranti is the primary main Hindu competition in keeping with the Gregorian calendar, celebrated round mid-January with a lot fervour. The competition is thought by totally different names throughout a number of elements of India. In Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti is called Pongal. It’s normally celebrated as it’s calculated within the photo voltaic calendar. It’s an auspicious celebration because it marks the solar’s entry to the tropic of Capricorn (Makaran Rashi) from the Tropic of Most cancers.

Pongal is a 4 days competition and Thai Pongal is an important day of Pongal. Nonetheless, the second day of Pongal is Thai Pongal which can be celebrated as Sankranti. This 12 months, Pongal will start on January 13. Right here is all you might want to know concerning the Pongal 2021.

Pongal 2021: This 12 months, Boghi can be celebrated on January 13 | Representational picture

Pongal Day 1 (January 13, 2021): Bhogi Pandigai

The competition of Pongal begins with Boghi. This 12 months, Boghi can be celebrated on January 13. It’s celebrated on the final day of the ninth month Marghazi of the Tamil calendar earlier than the month of Tai begins. The primary day of the competition is devoted to the worship of Lord Indra (God of rains and clouds) looking for his blessing to convey prosperity to the farmlands. On at the present time, folks had been new garments and, destroy and burn outdated garments to let go of the dangerous previous and emergence of a brand new future.

Pongal Day 2 (January 14, 2021): Thai Pongal

Thai Pongal is the principle competition the place the custom of rice prevails. This 12 months, Thai Pongal can be celebrated on January 14. The identical day is noticed as Makar Sankranti in North Indian states, on at the present time folks take a holy dip in river Ganges.

In Tamil Nadu, folks have fun Thai Pongal by boiling freshly harvested rice with recent milk and jaggery in a brand new clay pot. Whereas boiling the concoction, folks let the milk spill over the pot, this spilling over of cooked rice is an auspicious signal of fabric abundance and prosperity.

The freshly cooked rice is first supplied to the Solar God as gratitude for good harvesting and later served to the folks current within the dwelling for the ceremony on banana leaves. Historically Pongal is cooked at dawn at an open place. Thai Pongal is often known as Surya Pongal, Suryan Pongal, or Perum Pongal.

Pongal Day 3 (January 15, 2020): Mattu Pongal

The third day of the competition is called Mattu Pongal. This 12 months, Mattu Pongal can be celebrated on January 15. On at the present time cattle’s are embellished and worshipped as an indication of thanks for his or her function in agricultural processes. As per household custom, small balls of colored rice are positioned on a turmeric leaf and the identical is obtainable to the crows.

As per the parable, Lord Shiva despatched his bull- Nandi to earth to ship throughout the message that Shiva desires the mortals to take oil therapeutic massage and bathtub every day and eat as soon as a month. Nandi obtained confused and conveyed simply the alternative message. Thus, Shiva, as punishment, requested Nandi to return to the earth eternally and assist folks produce extra meals by ploughing the fields.

Pongal Day 4 (January 16, 2021): Kaanum Pongal

The fourth day of the competition is called Kaanum Pongal. This 12 months, Kaanum or Kanu Pongal can be celebrated on January 16. On at the present time, folks put on new garments and go to family members, change presents. Nonetheless, ladies within the identify of their brothers carry out a ritual known as Kanu Pidi.

Subsequently, the competition of Pongal is widely known 4 days from the final day of the Tamil month Maargazhi to the third day of the Tamil month Thai.

Wishing you all a really Glad Pongal!

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