All About Pongal: Importance, Date & History

India is a place where there are different cultures, and we have heard that line absurdly. We likewise know alongside the various societies come various celebrations spreading across the schedule. Before we’re finished praising one another, another festival comes close to the corner.

Similarly,  as we move past Lohri, Pongal shows up. In any case, in North India, a few of us probably won’t be familiar with this celebration that is folded over a couple of stunning practices. People around India wish their Tamilian friends pongal wishes

If you are someone who would want to understand about Pongal, here’s all you need to know about Pongal festivities, which is coming up now in southern India, particularly Tamil Nadu, and in many spots across India

What is Pongal?

Pongal is a four-day-long reap celebration celebrated in Tamil Nadu, which falls in the period of Thai (January-February) when harvests like rice, sugarcane, turmeric and so forth are gathered.

The term ‘Pongal’ in Tamil signifies “to bubble”, and this celebration is commended as a thanksgiving function for the year’s gather. Pongal, one of the significant Hindu celebrations, falls around a similar time as Lohri consistently, which is around mid-January.

Pongal also happens to be the name of a dish, which is typically made out of sweetened boiled rice and lentils which is also consumed during this festive season.

History of Pongal

The historical backdrop of the celebration can be followed back to the sangam age and is considered the ‘Dravidian Harvest celebration’. In any case, a few antiquarians guarantee that this celebration is gone back something like 2,000 years of age. It was commended as Thai Niradal.

As per the legends, during this happy season, unmarried young ladies appealed to God for the agrarian flourishing of the nation, and for this reason, they noticed atonement during the Tamil month of Margazhi. They went without the utilization of milk and milk items, didn’t oil their hair consistently. The utilization of brutal words is totally refrained by them. Formal shower in the early morning as a component of the custom of repentance.

Significance of Pongal

As we realize that India is a rural nation and most of the celebrations are leaned towards nature. Very much like another celebration, the Pongal is alluded to as Uttarayan Punyakalam which bears unique importance in Hindu folklore and is viewed as incredibly favourable.

Pongal Celebrations

Pongal is celebrated in four different ways for four days. On the first day, the Bhogi festival is celebrated in honour of Lord Indra, the god of rain, and the lord of lords. The ritual of Bhogi Mantalu is also observed this day, during which useless items of the household are tossed into a bonfire traditionally made of cow dung cakes and wood. On the second day, Thai Pongal is celebrated. On the third day, Mattu Pongal is the day celebrated in the name of cows. The cattle are adorned with bells, sheaves of corn and garlands and worshipped.

Last but not least, Kaanum pongal is celebrated on the fourth day. Kaanum pongal marks the last day of Pongal. On this day, a ritual is performed where the leftover sweet Pongal and other food are set out in the courtyard on a washed turmeric leaf, along with betel leaves, betel nuts and sugar cane.

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