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How PONGAL is celebrated?

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Asked by jaya acharjee, 13 Jan '10 04:03 pm
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Pongal is a popular harvest festival of Tamil Nadu. It is celebrated on 14th of January every year, coinciding with the Lohri of Punjab, Bhogali Bihu of Assam and Makar Sankranti of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Pongal is mainly celebrated for giving thanks to nature, for a bountiful harvest. This four-day festival is celebrated in the season when rice (and other cereals), sugar-cane and turmeric are harvested. Pongal marks the beginning of Thai, a month of hope and joy, considered auspicious for marriages. As a part of Pongal celebrations, entanceways to the houses are decorated with beautiful Kolams (patterns made with rice flour), to feed the insects and gain their blessings for the household. New clothes are bought and sweets and delicacies are prepared. Bull fights, bird fights and community dinners are also arranged on this day.

Pongal Celebrations

The First Day
The first day of Pongal is devoted to Lord Indra, who is the supreme ruler of clouds that give rain. People pay homag ...more
Answered by Pardeep kapoor, 13 Jan '10 04:09 pm

 
  
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Actually pongal is nothing but thanking "SUN". the farmers thank sun and ox which supports them in agriculture. so they wake up early in the morning and decorates the land wih kolams(pictures and designs drawn on land or floor) and they prepare pongal(full boiled rice). this will be done in the early morning before the sunrise.

the next day they will decorate the OX and performs pooja for it. this is how pongal is celeberated in tamil nadu
Answered by RAJESH VINODKUMAR, 13 Jan '10 04:08 pm

 
  
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Pongal is a harvest festival - the Tamil equivalent of Thanksgiving. It is held to honor the Sun, for a bountiful harvest. Families gather to rejoice and share their joy and their harvests with others. The Sun is offered a "Pongal" of rice and milk.

Literally meaning "Boiling over", Pongal, signifies the advent of prosperity. Pongal is normally celebrated over a period of four days, starting on the 13th January. Since the calculation to determine the day is based on the solar calendar, the date doesn't change. It is considered a very auspicious occasion when the Sun transits the Capricorn sign. A rich and abundant harvest of paddy and other crops depend on the availability of good rain, as most of the rivers in Tamil Nadu are not perennial. Hence, there is the invocation of the Sun God and the God of Rain at the time of Pongal.
Answered by Lucky, 13 Jan '10 04:06 pm

 
  
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It is celegrated as MAKAR SANKRANTI in our part of the country.Pongal is in AP n TN.
Answered by Damodar Biswal, 13 Jan '10 04:06 pm

 
  
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