Pongal follows the winter solstice and marks the favorable course of the Sun, when He purportedly enters the 10th house, Capricorn. Pongal is traditionally dedicated to the Sun God to thank the solar deity for the good harvest and sanctifies the first grain to him on this 'Surya Mangalyam'.
Pongal in Tamil means "spill over" or "boiling over". The boiling over of milk in the clay pot symbolizes material abundance for the household. The saying often quoted regarding the Pongal festival is "Thai Pirandhal Vazhi Pirakkum" meaning "the commencement of Thai paves the way for new opportunities". The festival usually occurs from the last day of the Tamil month Maargazhi to the third day of Thai.
Participate in Pongal 2013 Rituals
4 Days of New LuckThe Vedic Winter Solstice is also known in South India as "Pongal" or the harvest time and thanksgiving festival. Agriculturists, who provide the world with our food stores, look to the Sun to guide them on planting as well as harvesting seasons. In India, the farmers celebrate the Sun as playing a critical role in the growth of rice paddy and other agricultural activities. The Thai Pongal festival is anticipated not only as a Thanksgiving for a bountiful rice and sugar cane harvest but as a renewal of life energies. This is a 4 day festival.
Bogi Pongal is a good time to clean your home; clean your closets and throw out old items that you are not using or that no longer suit your life; that carry the vibrations of the past. Spiritually, this symbolizes overhauling your current life and preparing room for the new abundance and happiness to come in. Clear some space for your higher self.
Pongal Day is celebrated as the harvest day. On this day, the cooking of rice with sweet raw sugar cane, jaggary is done during sunrise in a small pot, usually outdoors as the dish is dedicated to the Sun god, Surya. “Pongalo Pongal” is recited by everyone in a festive tone and is considered a prayer of thanks to the Sun and to receive the full blessings.
The 3rd day is known as Mattu or Cow Pongal. This is traditionally a time to celebrate the harvest and share the spoils. People, cows, crows and ants are all well fed and their part in the big eco wheel is acknowledged.
The 4th Day or Kannum Pongal day is the time to gather with family, buy new clothes etc. This charges the day with a festive new air to welcome in the new luck and fortune.