Pongal Festival 2018: Ritual and Traditions of South India

Pongal Festival 2018: Ritual and Traditions of South India
Written by Shilpi Gupta

South Indian society will generate spiritual consciousness from Sankranti-Pongal. The Sanctuary Festival, “Pongal” will be celebrated after the completion of Dhanurmas (Kharmas). Religious rituals and dishes will be the main attractions in this. On January 15, Makar Sankranti and Pongal will be celebrated with pomp. On the first day Bogi, Makar Sankranti on the second day and Kanuvu will celebrate on the third day. People of South Indian community, devote new ponds after lighting bonuses on the lines of Lohri in Boghi. Make kheer and sweet Pongal for the prasad of Lord Sun and Goddess Lakshmi.

Like the Makar Sankranti, the importance of Khichdi is also on this day. This festival of Pongal celebrates during the Sunset and considered as auspicious. The lump of turmeric root is thrown in the yellow thread in the open courtyard. After this, it is tied in a brassware vessel. Then the khichdi of rice and moong dal is cooked in it. After boiling the Khichdi, they add ghee and milk to it. As soon as the boil come, all the people of the family bring out the voices of Pongal-Pongal and express their happiness with the voice of drums. It is considered a symbol of prosperity. The battle of oxen or bulls is organized during the festival.

People of Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu, wear new clothes after the early morning bath. In the Makar Sankranti, the bath and donation are believed as important part of the Festival. The Andhra devotee will join the special Ramadan temple in Bishnupur to celebrate Pongal.

The Pongal Festival is celebrated every year by the Hindu Community in the middle of January. When the people have a good harvest they celebrate it with great fanfare. During the four Days festival of Pongal, People decorate their cow and bull with colours and Flowers. They also give them good food.

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Shilpi Gupta

Food Technologist by Profession and Blogger by Destiny. love to write articles on food technology, spirituality and social issues.

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