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Pongal Festival

Thai Pongal | Tamil Harvest Festival Celebration

Pongal-Festival

‘Thai Pongal’ is celebrated on first day of ‘Thai’ month of Tamil calendar. This day is usually between 12th and 15th of January in Gregorian or Christian calendar. ‘Thai’ is the first month of Tamil calendar. ‘Pongal’ is a dish made with sweet mixture of rice, moong dal, jaggery and milk. Festival is celebrated by everyone since it is not ...

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Bihu Festival | Bohaggiyo Bishu Festival

Bihu Festival

‘Bihu’ is most important festival of Assamese people observed by all classes and castes. Festival has been adjusted at different ages; taking into consideration changed situation of particular age. ‘Bihu’ is mainly culture of masses, secular in concept and intimately connected with agriculture. ‘Bahag Bihu’: Most popular is ‘Bohag Bihu’ or ‘Rongali Bihu’ celebrated on 15th April of every year. ...

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Kanumu Festival Andhra Pradesh

Kanuma Festival

The fourth or last day of ‘Pongal’ is known as ‘Kanumu’. This day of ‘Pongal’ is meant for sightseeing. On this day, people dress up gaily to go out. Families go to picnics, visit relatives, tour their hometown, or tour their city. This day is for outdoors activities. Most people crowd out of home in the evening and make a ...

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Makar Sankranti Celebrations and Significance

Happy Makar Sankranti

‘Makar Sankranti’ is one of the most auspicious days for the Hindus. It is celebrated in almost all parts of the country. There are many cultural forms, great devotions, dedication and happiness. Traditionally, ‘Makar Sankranti’ begins when Sun moves northward [‘Uttarayan’] and sun sign is ‘Makar’ [Capricorn]. According to Solar calendar, ’Makar Sankranti’ always falls on 14th of January every ...

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Regional Names of Pongal | Different Names of Harvest Festival India

Different Names of Harvest Festival

Being an agricultural land, India celebrates harvest festival all over the country. Hence, ‘Pongal’ festival of Tamil Nadu is observed in other parts too. Same festival is known by different names and there are different rituals. Many harvest festivals are celebrated in different parts of the country. Common thing for this festival is that it is celebrated on the same ...

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Pongal Festival Celebration. Sankranti

Pongal Festival Celebration - Sankranti

People enjoy activities related to ‘Pongal’ while there is chill in the air. ‘Pongal’ festival is celebrated on 14th January of every year. Celebration spreads over four days making it the longest festival in Tamil calendar. Age old belief is that `’Thai’’ gives hope and brings good fortune so people are keen with joy. Pongal festival is extremely important for ...

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Pongal Festival Meaning and Significance, Sankaranthi

Pongal - Sankranti Festival

People celebrating ‘Pongal’ festival should know meaning and significance of rituals associated with harvest festival. ‘Pongal’ or ‘Thai Pongal’ is also known as ‘Makara Sankaranthi’. Festival is celebrated on first day of ‘Thai’ when the Sun enters ‘Makara Rasi’ (Capricorn). At this time, winter comes to an end and spring arrives throughout northern hemisphere. Following this, during next six months, ...

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Legends of Pongal | Story of Sankranti

Pongal Festival

There are legendary stories associated with celebration of ‘Pongal’ festival. Two most popular legends of ‘Pongal’ stories are related to Lord Shiva and Lord Indra. According to a legend, Shiva told his bull, Basava, to descend to Earth. Shiva instructed to request mortals to oil massage and bath every day and eat once a month. Accidentally, Basava told mortals to ...

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History of Pongal | History of Sankranthi

History of Pongal - Sankranthi

‘Pongal’ is an ancient festival celebrated by Tamils of south India. History of festival has been traced to Sangam Age between 200 B.C. and 300 A.D. ‘Pongal’ was initially a Dravidian harvest festival. This festival has been mention in ‘Puranas’ in Sanskrit language. Evidently, historians identify this festival as ‘Thai Un’ and ‘Thai Niradal’ celebrated in Sangam Age. Observance of ...

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Pongal Regional Significance, Sankranti Importance

Regional Pongal

Harvest festival of ‘Pongal’ is unique and significant depending on the region. ‘Pongal’ is celebrated all over India and on the very same day. The basic difference is that the same festival has different names depending on the region. Common to all the regional harvest festivals are bonfires and feasts. Almost all states of India celebrate this festival with variations ...

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