The four-day harvest festival of Pongal, celebrated by Tamil communities across the world, will begin on January 15 and end on January 18. The festival is a time of gratitude for the abundant crops and a tribute to the natural elements that sustain life.
Pongal is not just a festive occasion, but a cultural event that reflects the rich heritage and deep respect for nature of the Tamil people. The festival traces its roots to the ancient Tamil farming practices, and its rituals demonstrate a harmonious relationship with the land and its resources.
Here are some facts about Pongal that you should know:
Date: The festival starts with Bhogi Pongal on January 15, followed by Thai Pongal on January 16, Mattu Pongal on January 17, and Kannam Pongal on January 18.
History: Pongal is believed to be one of the oldest festivals, dating back to over 2,000 years ago. Some people think that the festival was celebrated during the reign of the Chola Empire. Pongal originated as a Dravidian harvest festival, but it is also mentioned in Sanskrit scriptures.
Significance: The preparation of Pongal dish has a symbolic meaning. The rice cooked with milk represents fertility and prosperity, while the jaggery adds sweetness to life. The offering to the sun god acknowledges the source of all life, and the overflowing pot signifies abundance.
Wishes, quotes, and messages: Here are some of the messages and wishes that you can share with your loved ones on this auspicious occasion:
- Happy Pongal to you and your family! May the harvest of your hard work yield a bountiful crop of achievements, and may the festival bring you prosperity in abundance.
- May the fire of Pongali burn away all negativity and light up your life with hope and positivity. Happy Pongal!
- Happy Pongal 2024! May your crops be plentiful, your livestock healthy, and your life abundant with blessings throughout the year.
- The way we celebrate the harvest, lets also celebrate the abundance of love and happiness in our lives. Happy Pongal!
- Fill the sweetness of Pongal in your life with joy and prosperity. Happy Pongal!
- I wish you a Pongal as bright and beautiful as the kolams decorating your door. Happy Pongal!
- I wish you abundance, happiness and good health on this joyous occasion. Happy Thai Pongal!
In Madurai, the harvest of ‘Sengarumbu’ or Pongal sugarcane has begun, as the Tamil Nadu Civic Supply Corporation has started procuring sugarcane to include in the Pongal gift hampers that are distributed through ration shops.
The Corporation will procure 7.67 lakh sugarcane for distribution to the ration card holders in the district.
Pongal is also the name of the dish that is made and consumed during this festival. It is a mixture of boiled sweet rice. The word Pongal means “to boil over” in Tamil.