Pongal whatsapp status, is celebrated yearly at the beginning of the Tamil month, Thai, at the same time. The festival starts on either the 13th or 14th of January and takes place over four days.
- The dates for Pongal are January 14-17 in 2020. The main festivities will take place on 15 January (known as Surya Pongal or Thai Pongal)
- The dates of Pongal are January 13-16 in 2022. The biggest celebrations will take place on January 14.
Bhogi Pandigai (January 14, 2020)— is on the Tamil calendar on the last day of Margazhi’s month. This occasion honors the god of rain, Indra, to provide sufficient rain for a successful harvest. Before harvest, a separate puja is done. Farmers worship the sun and planet by applying sandalwood paste on their devices. The day is also dedicated to cleaning the house and collecting undesirable items that are then disposed of in a wood-based fire and dried cow dung. To get rid of bad habits, vices and attachments are symbolic. People use kolam (rangoli) to paint their homes and decorate the entrance.
Surya Pongal / Thai Pongal
Surya Pongal / Thai Pongal (January 15, 2020)— is on the Tamil calendar on the first day of the Thai month. It corresponds to Makar Sankranti, the India-wide winter harvest festival that marks the beginning of the six-month journey of the sun north (the period of Uttarayanam) and warmer weather.
This opportunity honors the god of the sun, Surya, to provide sufficient warmth and energy for a successful harvest. Festivities feature Pongal dish preparation offered to the sun and shared with loved ones. It’s made by boiling the first rice of the season with milk and sugar, facing the rising sun to the east. The highlight is when the dish cooks over,
Whats is Mattu Pongal
Mattu Pongal (January 16, 2020)— is dedicated to the worship of cows, providing farmers in the fields and drinking milk with essential help. The cows are bathed and painted on their horns with garlands, turmeric water. A special feast is given to them (including the Pongal dish) and they can rest for the day.The traditional jallikattu sport (a type of bullfighting) is an integral part of the festival and is held throughout Tamil Nadu in villages. It’s becoming quite contentious these days, however, because of the disapproval of animal rights activists who want it banned.
Katya Pongal (January 17, 2020) — On this day, bird feeding (especially crows) is deemed to be auspicious. Women in a ceremony named Kaka Pudi Kannu Pudi offer the birds different colored rice balls and pray for the well-being of their children.Kaanum Pongal is also known this day. “Kaanum” means seeing, and by going out with friends and relatives, it’s a fun day.
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