Pongal Festival and Festivities in January
So, the month of Margazhi, a year-end Tamil month has a lot to look forward to, especially if you are a Pongal fan like I am.A small clarification here: The dish Pongal, is different from the festival Pongal –(means “boiling over”), a harvest festival that the entire state celebratesMadras. On the day of Pongal, usually January 13 or 14, the farmers celebrate the harvest and thank the Sun God. In open fields, the farmers cook rice and lentils in an open earthen pot. And as the rice boils over, symbolically signifying prosperity and happiness, the farmer and his family shout – Pongalo Pongal (A celebratory phrase for the festival). The day after Pongal is called “Maatu Pongal” – where the bull that helps in rearing the fields, is celebrated. The horns of the bulls are colourfully decorated, and they are treated to a feast. This is the farmers’ way of repaying the services of the bulls.