Tamil Nadu celebrates Pongal with traditional fervour



Chennai, Jan 14: People across Tamil Nadu on Sunday celebrated the harvest festival of Pongal thanking rain, sun and farm animals.



People got up early, put on new clothes and went to temples.



The aroma of ghee fried cashews, almonds and cardamom filled homes as a traditional dish of rice, jaggery and Bengal gram was made.



As the ingredients of Chakarai Pongal boiled in milk, people called out 'Pongolo Pongal, Pongolo Pongal'.



The mud pot or stainless steel in which the dish is cooked is decorated by tying up ginger, turmeric, sugarcane piece and banana at the neck.



The Pongal dish is offered to Sun God as thanksgiving and eaten as 'prasad'. It is made at the auspicious time and in some homes, conches are blown prior to the formal offering.



People exchanged greetings and Chakarai Pongal with their neighbours.



The Pongal festivities take place over four days, the first day being Bhogi, which was Saturday, when people burn their old clothes, mats and other items. Homes are painted afresh.



The second day is the main Pongal festival celebrated on the first day of the Tamil month Thai.



The third day is the Mattu Pongal when bulls and cows are bathed and their horns painted and worshipped as they play an important role in farms.



Women feed the birds with coloured rice and pray for the welfare of their brothers.



In some parts of the state, Jallikattu -- a bull-taming sport -- is held.



The fourth day is the Kannum Pongal -- the day to go out and meet relatives and friends, and go sight seeing.

 

Don’t Miss

Padmavt may be banned in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh again!
Disqualification of AAP MLAs miscarriage of justice: Yashwant Sinha
Sunny Leone shakes leg on this SPECIAL song; Watch video
India means business: PM Modi to hard sell India's economic growth at Davos
Looking to share vision of India's engagement with world: Modi
Thousands form human chain against child marriage, dowry in Bihar
Bawana fire: Police ARRESTED factory owner
Five killed after gunmen storm luxury hotel in Kabul
Pakistan summons Indian envoy over cross-border firing
Don't miss: Sunny Leone's CRAZY pole dance performance
Ranbir Kapoor's actress leaves Bollywood, marries secretly
63rd Jio Filmfare Awards: Irrfan, Vidya GET best actors' award
PM Modi condoles deaths in Delhi warehouse fire
What's cooking..Shraddha in 'LOVE' with Baahubali Prabhas
Gabbar on sale for Rs 20000000..Know full list with price
Shame Shame Virat Army..India thrashes Pak to retain Blind WCup
Is your city GARBAGE-FREE..Govt star ratings will tell you
Bumper sale, DISCOUNTS on smartphones..Find the best deal
Yummy..Jaitley prepares Halwa, sweet Budget for you
Election Commission = Poll Agent of BJP, AAP returns fire
Deepika,Ranveer fall on Khiladi's feet
Ulta Chor..Pak fires at border, summons Indian diplomat for ceasefire violation
India-Pak War clouds darken..Heavy firing on border, situation tense
Kejriwal Missile..Action on AAP MLAs is CEC's PAYBACK GIFT to Modi
Padmavat = Baahubali...Know Deepika's trick
Sridevi's daughter Jhanvi will meet you on July 20..Book now
Cho Chweet...Shahid's cute daughter will melt your heart..In PICS
Chloe Sevigny not willing to work with Woody Allen
Jhanvi Kapoor's 'Dhadak' to release on July 20
Preity Zinta is pregnant; Pics go viral