The Pongal festival complete info with Pongal wishes, Greetings, recipe, food, images, wallpapers, photos, massages, pictures sms, meaning in tamil and in english and facts all you can get here. It is one of the popular Hindu festivals which is celebrated in almost all the parts of India and Nepal in various of cultural forms.
This festival is called as a harvesting festival. This festival marks as the change of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara Rashi (that means Capricorn) on its space path.
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The Pongal festival 2020 celebration
It has an astrological significance that the sun enters the Capricorn zodiac constellation on that day. This date remains nearly stable with respect to the Gregorian calendar.
However, the Ayanamsa (called as precession of the Earth’s axis) causes the Makar Sankranti to move over the ages. This movement is also a key aspect in the way we gather from this planet.
Pongal is Harvesting Festival
Pongal festival is also referred as the harvesting festival because during this festival time the harvesting is completed and there will be big celebrations all-round the south Indian villages.
This is an important day that people acknowledge all those who help out in making the harvest. The farm animals play a big role in this harvesting process. The following day is for the farm animals and it is called as Mattu Pongal. Pongal festival 2020 also is the four days festival.
The First Day of Pongal
This first day is celebrated as Bhogi festival to worship Lord Indra, the main ruler of clouds that give rains.
Honor is paid to Lord Indra for the wealth of harvest, thereby bringing prosperity to the earth. Another religious activity observed on this day is Bhogi Mantalu, when useless and old household articles are thrown into a fire made of wood at village streets.
The Second Day of Pongal
The second day of Pongal, the act of ceremonial worship is performed when rice is boiled in milk in a traditionally decorated pot outside and is then symbolically offered to the sun god. All people wear traditional dress and there is an interesting traditional activity where husband and wife dispose of elegant ritual utensils especially used for the pooja.
In the village, the Pongal festival is carried out simply but with the same devotion. In accordance with the appointed ritual a turmeric plant is tied around the pot.
The Third Day of Pongal
The third day of Pongal is known as Mattu Pongal, it is the day of Pongal for cows. Cattle are worship after traditional decorated with multi colored beads, sheaves of corn, tinkling bells and flower garlands are tied around the neck of the cattle. They are feed with Pongal and taken to the village center streets.
The entire environment becomes festive and full of fun. Arati is performed on cows, so as to take off the evil eye.
According to a history, once Shiva asked his bull (Basava) to go to the earth and ask over the humans to have an oil massage and bath every day and to eat once a month. Unintentionally,
Basava announced that everyone should eat daily and have an oil bath once in a month. This mistake angry Shiva, who then curses Basava, expels him to live on the earth forever. He would have to plough the fields and assist people to produce more food. This is the association of third day with cattle.
The Fourth Day of Pongal
Right now people harvested previous crops and now they are planning for the future. In the village areas of India, people planned about the future crops differently. It is something so fantastic and wonderful.
The village people analyze how the animals in the area are, what age they are, how strong they are, can they take strong or not and indeed it is an organic and very beautiful process.
People will clean their homes and take bath in the early mornings and wear new clothes. The young girls wear a half saree and a south Indian traditional clothes where as men are wear lungi and angavastram on this day.
During this season people eat sugar cane. People decorate their houses with flowers, leaves in a traditional way. Another popular tradition is exchanging gifts on Pongal. In most of the villages, farm labors get Pongal padi (gift). This is an opportunity to give gifts to your family and friends also.
The best south Indian dishes are relished during the Pongal festival. Women of the house will make many different dishes with all the natural ingredients. Some of the Pongal recipes are Avial, Coconut rice, Lemon rice, Puli Pongal, Sweet Pongal and mnay other.