Pongal is a famous festival celebrated in southern part of India in regard of Harvesting and worshiping the Sun .Pongal day is also known as"Tamizhar Thirunal" as it is a day of celebrations for the farmers and common man.Pongal is celebrated continuously for four days in the name of Boggi ,Pongal ,Mattu Pongal and Kannum Pongal.Pongal dates fall between the end of Margazhi and start of Thai in Tamil Calender and in the month of January in English calender.This year Pongal is celebrated on January 15 ,2011.
Boggi Pongal, the first day-throwing old clothes and materials out in the fire burning
Cleaning the house and decorating it with kolams indicating a new beginning
Worshiping the Sun God on the second day of the Pongal we all shout aloud
"PONGALO PONGAL" , when from the pot the boiling jaggery with rice flows out
New dresses and sweet dishes , an auspicious moment of happiness found
Chewing the pieces of sugar canes ,we sit and chat around
Third day is the Mattu Pongal where the farm animals are thanked
And harvesting cows are cleaned and then colourfully decorated
With children on their cart,they go for a fun ride in the evening
Making the roads sound in festive moods of cling cling cling
The fourth day is Kannum Pongal where family and relatives visit
Wishing each other prosperity, love and exchanging gifts
"Wishing everyone a Happy Pongal"