Pongal is an important festival in South India. This article tells us about the Pongal festival.

Pongal In India

India is a land of festivals. It is so rich in culture and traditions that each and every festival has a traditions attached to it. It is regarded as one of the monst important festival of South India. A majority of Indian population depends on agriculture. As a result, most of the festivals are also related to the agricultural activities of the people. Pongal is one such festival. It is also known as harvest festival. These festivals are celebrated with different names and rituals in almost all the states of India. Pongal is one of such highly revered festivals celebrated in Tamil Nadu to mark the harvesting of crops by farmers. Held in the middle of the month January, it is the time when the people get ready to thank God, earth and their cattle for the wonderful harvest and celebrate the occasion with joyous festivities and rituals.

Pongal continues through the first four days of Thai month that starts in the mid-January and spreads to mid-February. The farmers celebrate this festival with lots of enthusiasm and joy. The houses are cleaned, painted and decorated. Kolams (ground patterns made out of rice flour) are made in the front yards of the houses and new clothes for the whole family are bought to mark the festivities. Even the cattle are gaily caparisoned with beads, bells and flowers-their horns painted and capped with gleaming metals.

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