Pongal-The Harvest Festival of Tamil Nadu.No. of comments:5 Sam Koshy, KOLLAM, 5727 On 15-Jan-2016
Thai Pongal (Tamil: taippongal) is a Tamilharvest festival. Thai Pongal is a four day festival which according to the Gregorian calendar is normally celebrated from January 13 to January 16, but sometimes it is celebrated from January 14 to January 17. This corresponds to the last day of the Tamil month Maargazhi to the third day of the Tamil month Thai. Thai Pongal is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Tamil people in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry, Sri Lanka,as well as Tamilians worldwide, including those in Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa,USA, Singapore, Canada and UK. Makara Sankranthi corresponds to Thai Pongal, the winter harvest festival celebrated throughout India. The day marks the start of the sun’s six-month-long journey northwards (the Uttarayanam). This also corresponds to the Indic solstice when the sun purportedly enters the 10th house of the Indian zodiac Makara or Capricorn. Thai Pongal is mainly celebrated to convey appreciation to the Sun God for providing the energy for agriculture. Part of the celebration is the boiling of the first rice of the season consecrated to the Sun - the Surya Maangalyam. The origins of the Thai Pongal festival may date to more than 5000 years ago. Epigraphic evidence suggests the celebration of the Puthiyeedu during the Medieval Chola empire days. Puthiyeedu is believed to represent the first harvest of the year. Tamil people refer to Pongal as "Tamizhar Thirunaal," the festival of Tamizhs. We remember the recent floods and let's all forget the wounds by celebrating this festival. We all wishing a very happy Pongal to all Tamilans.