Pongal

Pongal is On Friday, January 15 2016


Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated by Tamilians in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. This four-day festival is also observed all over the world by the Tamil community. Pongal marks the auspicious beginning of the sun’s northward movement into the zodiac sign of Capricorn or Makara. This northward journey is known as Uttarayana.



Dates for Pongal 2016

This festival starts on January 15 and ends on January 18 every year. The four days of Pongal and their dates are given below.

Festival Date
Bhogi 15 January
Surya Pongal 16 January
Mattu Pongal 17 January
Kaanum Pongal 18 January

 

Pongal is not a gazetted holiday across the whole of India. But it is observed as a religious holiday in Central and South India. Schools and colleges as well as agricultural businesses observe a holiday during this festival.

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Legends of Pongal

This harvest festival is associated with a couple of legends related to Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna. According to the legend of Lord Shiva, he had actually sent his bull, Nandi to inform the human beings that they should take an oil bath daily and eat only once a month. But Nandi got confused and told them that they should eat daily but take their bath only once a month. Being angry at this, Shiva ordered Nandi to stay on earth and help the human beings cultivate their crops and grow their harvest.

There goes another legend according to which, Lord Krishna had lifted the Govardhan Mountain on his little finger.

This incident occurred on Bhogi which is observed as the 1st day of Pongal. By doing so, he saved his villagers and their cattle from the severe rains and thunderstorms that Lord Indra had sent on earth.

Pongal is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and religious fervor. During this festival, the Tamilians not only worship Lord Indra but also offer their prayers to Lord Vinayak, Sun God or Surya, Lord Ganesha, and Goddess Parvati. A special highlight of this festival is decorating the cattle so that they can be taken for a parade through the villages.

Pongal Calendar
Weekday Date Year
Thu Jan 14 2010
Sat Jan 15 2011
Sat Jan 14 2012
Mon Jan 14 2013
Tue Jan 14 2014
Thu Jan 15 2015
Fri Jan 15 2016
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Pongal Messages

Wishing you & your family a very Happy Pongal.
May the almighty bless you all with the best of health, wealth & prosperity
ay Pongal fill your life with sweetness!
May God bless you with peace, prosperity and happiness in your life on PONGAL and always!
Wish you a Happy Pongal.
Hope this Thai Pongal brings happiness to our life.
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