Pongal Festival originated in Tamil Nadu and popularly known as "Tamizhar Thirunal". The festival is celebrated for four days to provide sincere thanks and prosperity that the farmers and his work which payed us..Pongal is a harvest festival to denote the prosperity associated with the harvest by thanking the rain, sun and farm animals that had contributed for a good harvest. Pongal is a harvest festival, a thanks giving event celebrated by all tamilians across the world. Pongal in tamil means "Boiling over or Spill over".
First day --> Jan 13 --> Bhogi
Bhogi is the first day of this harvest festival which is celebrated by throwing away and destroying old materials on fire thereby marking the end of the old and the emergence of the new.
Second day --> Jan 14 --> Pongal
The second Pongal is the main day of the festival. It is celebreated by boiling rice with fresh milk and jaggery in new pots that are later topped with cashew nuts and sugar and allowing it to boil over the pot in the early morning. The moment the rice boils out of the pot, the tradition is to shout "Pongaloo pongal". Sugar cane is bought and placed in every houses to symbolise the celebration of this great festival in Tamil Nadu.
Third day --> Jan 15 --> Maattu Pongal
The third day of the festival is known as "Maatu pongal" which is a occasion for offering thanks to cattle for their help to farmers in the field of Agriculture. On this cattle are well decorated with paint, flowers and bells and are allowed to roam. The cattle are then well fed with sweet rice and sugarcane.
Fourth day --> Jan 16 --> Kaaanum Pongal
The final day "Kaanum pongal" is to thank the relatives and friends for their support. During this day people visit their friends and relatives to enjoy the pongal season.People flock together at beaches , parks and temples there by having a great day out.
This four day Harvest Festival is to honor the farmers for their hard work.. May god bless them.. Wish you all a very happy and prosperous pongal..