what is Pongal

Pongal is a multi-day Hindu harvest festival celebrated mainly in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and in other parts of South India. It marks the beginning of the auspicious Uttarayan period, which signifies the northward journey of the sun. The festival usually falls in mid-January and is dedicated to the Sun God, Surya, as well as to nature and livestock.

what is Pongal

Pongal is named after the traditional dish also called Pongal, which is made from rice, lentils, jaggery (a type of unrefined sugar), and milk. The dish is typically cooked in a clay pot outdoors, and when it boils over, it symbolizes prosperity and abundance.

what is Pongal

The festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm and includes various rituals such as cleaning and decorating homes, creating intricate kolam (rangoli) designs at the entrance, offering prayers and special rituals to the Sun God, and exchanging gifts and sweets among family and friends. It’s a time for gratitude, joy, and community gatherings.