2022 is arriving soon and one can almost taste the ambience and excitement of their city. Pongal is the first festival of the year. It is the most prominent festival of Tamil Nadu, celebrated by the Tamil diaspora all around the world. The festival is named after the ceremonial rice dish “Pongal”. The word Pongal means “to boil, overflow” and refers to the normal dish prepared from the new harvest of rice boiled in milk with jaggery. It is the thanksgiving festival of Tamil Nadu, dedicated to the Sun God, thanking him for the agricultural abundance. It is a four-day festival where people consider starting new ventures as auspicious.
The uniqueness of this festival reminds us of the importance of natural resources, especially when we are battling environmental change. In this blog, we have listed the Top 3 Things To Do During Pongal Festival
Also read: Mythology Behind Pongal Festival 2022
Pongal 2022 Date
Check out: 2022 Indian Festivals and Holidays Calendar
Like every year, the festivities of Pongal 2022 will begin and end on 14th January and 17th January respectively. Pongal marks the end of the Winter Solstice and celebrates the first day of our Sun’s return journey to the Northern hemisphere. Pongal is Makar Sankranti in North India, Lohri in Punjab, Magh Bihu in Assam, Hadaga in Maharashtra, and so on.
How to celebrate Pongal?
On the day of Pongal, people visit the temples to seek the blessings of God, decorate the entrance of their houses with colourful Rangolis, make a special sweet dish called ‘Pongal’, and exchange gifts with their near and dear ones. Schools, colleges, offices and other places arrange various cultural programs and ceremonies during Pongal.
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First day: Bhogi Pandigai or Bhogi Pongal
It marks the Judgment Day of the Tamil month Marghazi during which individuals assemble and light up bonfires made from wood and trash to burn unused home items.
Second Day: Surya Pongal or Thai Pongal
It is the first day of the Tamil calendar month Thai and coincides with Makara Sankranti. The Tamilian diaspora celebrates it with great fervour and joy all over India.
Third-Day: Mattu Pongal
The third day is Mattu Pongal which celebrates cows and their holiness. People decorate their cattle with flower garlands, bells, etc. They also paint their horns and offer them special meals while worshipping them on this day.
Fourth Day: Kaanum Pongal or Kanya Pongal
The end of the Pongal Festival is marked by Kaanum Pongal, also referred to as Kanya Pongal. On today women and young girls perform a special quiet ritual called ‘Kanu Pidi’ and pray for the wellbeing of their brothers.
Top 3 Things To Do During Pongal Festival
Jallikattu is widely known to worship cattle stock and is widely known during Pongal. It is celebrated every year on the third day of Pongal. The festival revolves around a typical sport of bull-taming played by the people within the villages of this South Indian state. A bull is released into the crowd, and the participants try to grab the massive hump on the bull’s back with both arms and hang on thereto while the bull attempts to flee. Participants hold the hump for as long as possible, attempting to bring the bull to a stop. In some cases, participants must ride long enough to get rid of flags on the bull’s horns. You can experience this Live, if you are in Chennai or Coimbatore, then you can head to popular Jallikattu destinations like Allanganallur, Avaniapuram, Siravayal, Thammampatti and Palamedu, etc.
Making Rangoli & Pongal:
People follow another tradition during this festival, this is making the Kollam Kutti or rangolis. Rangoli is a pattern created on the ground or a tabletop using materials like rice flour, powdered limestone, coloured sand, flower petals, etc.
Pongal is the traditional Tamilian sweet rice- milk pudding made from jaggery, brown sugar, cane juice sprinkled with nuts and raisins. The milk is allowed to overflow from its vessel as it signifies abundance and prosperity for the upcoming harvest.
A festival cannot be complete without shopping for traditional wear. During Pongal, women drape the traditional Tamil saree. All the marketplaces are crowded during this time of the month. Sarees like Kanjivaram, Rasipuram and sarees made of Chettinad silk are adorned by the women. Especially Kanchipuram silk sarees are very famous in Chennai. If you are finding your Pongal saree look for 2022 then you can surely go for these types of sarees.
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