Pongal 2019 will begin on January 15 and will comtinue till January 18, 2019. This festival has a huge significance in the South India. Pongal is celebrated to offer thanks to God Sun as to commemorate the journey of Sun in the North direction. This festival is majorly celebrated in the South Indian states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh. It is not only celebrated in South India but is also celebrated in Sri Lanka, Mauritius, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia. This festival is celebrated since 1000 years and this is the most happiest festival for Southern people. It is preceded by other Indian harvest festivals which is Makar Sankranti.
The main component which marks a huge significance is Food. The thing which unites the three harvest festivals is the use of winter components in the festive food. In Pongal, jaggery is used with rice and lentils, in the main dish of Sakkarai Pongal. In Sri lanka, pongal is enjoyed as a breakfast dish. The preparation of Pongal is unique as it allows the content of the dish to boil first and then spill out from the pot. This is related to an important belief which is related to Pongal.
The overflowing of the content in the dish is the symbol of abudance and prosperity. In this festival, people invite friends and relatives to their home to enjoy pongal. When people arrive at the house of people , a member of the house plays a conch shell called ‘sanggu’ while the rest shout Pongalo pongal to mark importance of this festival. A very common phrase is also recited which is ‘Thai Pirandhal Vazhi Pirakkum’. This means that let this beginning brings new opportunity.
Pongal is cooked and furnished very beautifully as it is spiced and flavoured with cardamom and topped with cashews and raisins. It is distrubed among everyone.
Happy Pongal 2019