Pongal: A feast; a celebration!
Pongal is celebrated for a span of four days: Bhogi Pongal, Surya Pongal, Mattu Pongal, Kanum Pongal.
Bhogi Pongal- This is day 1 of the festival where people discard old belongings in a bonfire and celebrate with new possessions and clothes. The houses are cleaned and decorated and prayers are offered in great faith. In villages, farmers pray to Saptha Kannimaar (7 virgin goddesses) with the belief that they will bless their lands to be fertile.
Surya Pongal- Day 2 of the festival is dedicated to Lord Surya while giving thanks to the harvest of the winter. On this day, the women dress up, get together and Pongal, the sweet dish is prepared in a mud pot decorated with garlands, spotted with sugarcane stalks near the stove. The dish is allowed to boil and overflow out of the vessel signifying greater fortune in the year ahead.
Mattu Pongal- On this 3rd day of the celebration the cattle in the villages are decorated with garlands and painted horns as a part of thanksgiving for the harvest.
Kanum Pongal- This is the last day of Pongal which is a day of meet & greet for the community to strengthen their bonds.
In the modern-day busy life, the folks celebrate it for a day performing in all the rituals on the same day. Another main highlight of the festival would be decorating the entrance spaces and corridors with floral, geometric patterns called kolams.
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