Pongal is also known as Thai Pongal which is a multi-day harvest festival of South India, especially of the term in the community. It is celebrated at the beginning of the Thai month according to the Tamil solar calendar and it usually falls on 14 January. This festival is dedicated to the sun god and is associated with Makar Sankranti, which is celebrated in many regions with different names. Three days of Pongal are known as Bhogi Pongal, Surya Pongal and Mattu Pongal.
In 2021, Pongal will be celebrated on Thursday 14 January.
According to the ‘Thai ‘month of the Tamil calendar, Pongal is celebrated. It is a 4-day festival that begins on the last day of Marghaji month and ends on the third day of Thai. According to the Georgian calendar, it falls between 13 to 16 January every year.
The most famous story behind Pongal is the story of Lord Krishna of Gokul. In his extreme anger, Lord Indra caused thunder and heavy rain on Gokul. Lord Krishna saved the people of Gokul by lifting the huge Govardhan mountain on his little finger. Finally, Lord Indra apologized and redeemed prosperity from the people of Gokul.
The celebration of Pongal is a four-day festival.
The first day celebrated as Bhogi Pongal- and this day is dedicated to Lord Indra. On this day people born bonfires in front of their houses and all their old clothes and belongings are want in this Holi fire. The houses which are made of rice flour paste and red sand is cleaned and decorated with 'Kolam'. Cow dung Cakes and pumpkin flowers are used are also used for decoration.
The second day is celebrated a Surya Pongal- the first day of Thai is dedicated to the Sun god. A traditional sweet dish called Pongal is made by people out of boiled rice and lentils in milk and Jaggery. This sweet is offered to the lord and a big statue of Sun god is sculptured on the ground for the workshop.
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