Pongal is right here and with it the southern state of Tamil Nadu is bathed in festivities in celebration of one of many greatest Hindu festivals. Pongal is a well-liked harvest festivals of South India, primarily in Tamil Nadu. Celebrated within the auspicious month of ‘Thai’, the tenth month of the Tamil calendar which usually falls round January-February, the four-day lengthy competition can also be known as ‘Thai Pongal’ and is well known to mark the start of Uttarayan – the solar’s transition northwards for a six-month interval. Pongal 2018 will probably be celebrated from 14th to seventeenth January.
Pongal additionally coincides with the varied harvest festivals celebrated throughout the nation in numerous territories, with traditions distinctive to every area. Makar Sankranti in Maharashtra, Orissa and Bengal, Lohri in North India, Bhogali Bihu in Assam and Bhogi in Andhra Pradesh, all mark the shift within the season and earth’s transition into the harvest season.
Celebrations of Pongal date greater than 1000 years in the past. Historians declare that the Chola empire would rejoice Puthiyeedu with a lot fervour. Puthiyeedu is believed to symbolize the primary harvest of the yr.
Thai Pongal will get its title from Tamil phrase Pongal which implies “to boil”. ‘Ponga’ actually means overflowing, with the abundance of rice, cereals, sugar-cane and turmeric which can be harvested throughout the time. The custom of recent rice in pots till they overflow, is a preferred custom adopted throughout Pongal. The ritual is symbolic of abundance and prosperity.
Thai Pongal will get its title from Tamil phrase Pongal which implies “to boil”Thai Pongal is a four-day lengthy competition which is begins with Bhogi. On today, individuals clear their homes, eliminate outdated home items and buy new home items. This marks the beginning of a brand new cycle. The individuals assemble at daybreak in Tamil Nadu to gentle a bonfire with a view to burn the discards as a symbolic ritual. Some farmers hold medicinal herbs (neem, avram, sankranti) in northeast nook of every fields, to forestall crops from illnesses and pests.The second day and the principle day is Thai Pongal. Individuals begin their day worshiping the solar god. The ritual of boiling until it overflows – a convention that’s the literal translation for Ponga is carried out early within the morning. When the milk begins to bubble and overflow out of the vessel, freshly harvested rice grains are added to the pot. Different individuals current in in the meantime, blow a conch known as the sanggu and shout “Pongalo Pongal! Ladies enhance homes with kolam (designs) utilizing rice flour and crimson clay.
On the third day, which is known as Mattu Pongal, individuals set up their cattle, deck them up with equipment, ornamental paints and worship them. Cattle performs a major function in offering dairy product and fertilizers attributable to which they’re revered immensely locally. The final day of festivities is known as Kaanum Pongal, the place high quality time is spent with household and buddies. The phrase Kaanum means ‘to go to’.
The ritrual of Ponga is carried out early within the morningPongal recipes are made out of all of the recent produce; dishes like sakkarai pongal, chakkara pongal, rava and khara pongal are relished with a lot delight throughout the harvest competition. A dominating characteristic of Pongal dishes is rice. Completely different number of rice based mostly dishes, be it candy or savoury are consumed with a lot enthusiasm. Ven Pongal is manufactured from rice blended with moong daal, ghee, cashew nuts, raisins and gentle spices. There’s additionally a candy model of pongal known as Sakkarai pongal. It is made with jaggery. Pongal is cooked in clay pots, on stoves made with stones and wooden is used as a gasoline.
We want you all a really Comfortable Pongal 2018 and Makar Sankranti!