Pongal 2023: All you need to know about this festival
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Pongal 2023: All you need to know about this festival

The four days of Pongal are celebrated differently

Pongal 2023: All you need to know about this festival

Pongal is a traditional harvest festival celebrated in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and parts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It is celebrated for four days, usually in mid-January, and is considered one of the most important festivals of the Tamil calendar. The festival gets its name from the Tamil word "Pongal", which means "boiling over" and is celebrated to mark the beginning of the harvest season. Pongal is also celebrated as a thanksgiving to the Sun God, who is believed to have helped in the growth of the crops. This year, it is being celebrated on January 15, 2023.

The four days of Pongal are celebrated differently:

  • On the first day, "Bhogi Pongal", people clean and decorate their homes and discard old items to welcome new beginnings.
  • On the second day, "Surya Pongal", people prepare a sweet dish made of rice, milk, and jaggery and offer it to the Sun God.
  • On the third day, "Mattu Pongal", farmers thank their cows and bulls for their help in farming.
  • On the fourth and final day, "Kaanum Pongal", people visit their relatives and friends to exchange greetings and sweets.

During Pongal, people dress in traditional clothes, prepare delicious food, and participate in various cultural activities like folk dances and games. The festival is also marked by colorful decorations, rangolis, and traditional kolam designs.

Pongal is a great time to visit Tamil Nadu to experience the rich culture and traditions of the state. If you're planning to visit, be sure to book your travel and accommodation well in advance as it is peak season and places fill up quickly.