Pongal, the festival of Tamil Nadu is the cultural icon of the state. The farmers are the epicenters of this festival who pay their tributes to the Sun God for the abundant yield in the season. Since the ancient times, Pongal festival has been celebrated with great enthusiasm. At least a fortnight before the festival, people are getting ready for the celebrations decorating their houses and buffalos as well. Pongal is a phenomenal festival lasting for four days. The first day is called as Bhogi which, as per the Hindu legends, discarding the old and welcoming the new. This symbolizes the concept of accepting the changes in life for a flourishing future ahead. The second day is the main Pongal festival and on this day special poojas and rituals are carried out to worship the Sun God who is the essential component in farming and irrigation. Delicious dishes are exchanged between families and friends with love and affection. The third day is the iconic day of Tamil Nadu when the prestigious “Jallikattu” is celebrated. Bulls are decorated and worshipped for having stood with the farmers throughout the season. The final day is celebrated as Kaanum Pongal, when people meet at the banks of the waterbodies and enjoy the time with cultural programmes and delicious feast.
The forthcoming Pongal festival is celebrated between 13th and 16th of January 2019.