Pongal 2022: Learn about the Tamil harvest festival’s history, significance, and crucial dates

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“Pongal” is a rice-related word that means “to boil.” The day is usually observed as a show of gratitude to the Sun God for a successful harvest. It is for this reason that before the event begins, people boil rice in milk and serve it to the sun.

Each day of the four-day celebration has its unique importance.

Pongal, a four-day harvest celebration in Tamil Nadu and a few portions of Kerala, is widely observed. It is the start of the Uttarayan festival, which is devoted to Surya Dev, the Sun God. Pongal, which means’spilling over,’ gets its name from the ritual of cooking rice, milk, and jaggery in a pot until it overflows. Pongal will be held this year from January 14 to January 17.

The festival is all about letting go of the past and embracing in new experiences.

Bogi Pandigai is the first day of the holiday, when people adorn their homes and offices. The second day is Pongal’s primary day, which is known as Thai Pongal. People undertake special pooja on this day to seek the Sun God’s blessings. Traditionally, spilling milk when cooking Pongal is regarded as a sign of good fortune.

Mattu Pongal is the third day of Pongal. Farmers decorate and worship their livestock on this day. Kaanum Pongal is the fourth and final day of Pongal, when people gather for a traditional meal and celebration.

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Friday, January 14thBhogi Pandigai
Saturday, January 15th :Thai Pongal or Surya Pongal
Sunday, January 16th:Mattu Pongal
Monday, January 17th:Kaanum Pongal
2022 dates for pongal

People dress up in new attire and households wear a festive look. Traditional foods are an important element of the celebrations. During the four days of Pongal, special foods like as medu vada, avial, rasam, beetroot pachadi, sakkarai pongal, and moong dal payasam are made.

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Pongal marks the start of the sun’s six-month journey northward. This also has to do with the Indic solstice, when the sun is said to arrive in Makara, the 10th house of the Indian zodiac. The event is primarily observed to give gratitude to the Sun God for a bountiful harvest. The origins of the Pongal holiday might be traced back over 1,000 years. The sweltering of the first rice of the season is a part of the celebration. Pongal is also the name of a sweetened rice and lentils boiling meal that must be consumed on the festival day.

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