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Pongal Festival, Tamil Nadu

This is the most important of all festivals to the people of Tamil Nadu. It truly is often known as as "Tamilar Thirunal" or the Prosperity Day from the Tamils. It comes in the center of January. It celebrates the arrival of clean harvest and every person appears in new clothes having a beaming smile greeting each other on this day. New earthen pot is place on a hearth in a central location in an open corridor and recently harvested rice and milk are cooked. As the milk boils over, folks shout in chorus "Pongalo Pongal! Pongalo Pongal!! Pongal virtually indicates boiling. The preceding day of Pongal is known as 'Bhogi'. It means Bogam or enjoyment and was originally dedicated to Indra who is the Bogi or supreme enjoyer. Nowadays, old unwanted issues are heaped around the middle from the road plus a bonfire is produced. Kids conquer hand drums and go spherical the roads beating the drums and shouting 'Bhogi Bhogi!.

It truly is a three-day festival. The second day is referred to as Mattu Pongal. Bullocks and cows are cared for on this day and they are worshipped and provided nourishing food known as 'Sarkarai Pongal'. Poet Saint Thiruvalluvar Day can also be celebrated around the 15th of January. The 3rd day is referred to as 'Kanru Pongal' or Calf Pongal. On that day the calves are fed. It really is also referred to as 'Kanum Pongal!. 'Kanum' indicates seeing and people pay a visit to elders or family and pals and seek their blessings.