CELEBRATIONS AT HOME
January marks the beginning of the harvest festival in India. A Harvest festival is celebrated in various forms across the world and on different dates and months. Most of these festivals fall in the month of January in India. Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Bihu, Lohri are some of them. Baisakhi is celebrated in April while Onam is in August or September.
Wishing all my dear friends, A very Happy Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Lohri and Bihu.
To begin with, I drew this traditional Rangoli.
Pongal also known as Thai Pongal marks the beginning of the month Thai as per the Tamil Calendar. It’s considered to be an auspicious month. Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated in South India in the month of January every year. This festival lasts for 3-4 days. The first day is Bhogi pongal where people burn their old and discarded things and welcome new possessions.Personally, I feel that we should burn our bad qualities like greed, jealousy, pride, anger in the fire of pure devotion.
The second day is dedicated to The Sun God who is the life force of the universe. On this day, we prepare delicious dishes as an offering and worship Him. We prepare:Sweet Pongal ( made of rice, jaggery, cashew, raisins, cardamom, and ghee), Meduvada, Sambar, salad, and any vegetable curry. Today is the main festival and we worship Sun God for supporting life on earth. The Rangoli I drew in the second picture describes Pongal offering to Sun God.
While preparing Sweet Pongal, we allow it to boil and rise in the copper utensil like milk and shout ‘ Pongal o Pongal’ with great enthusiasm.
This is the basic mixture of rice, lentil, milk and water with cardamom powder, prior to adding jaggery, cashew, and raisin sauteed in pure ghee. When the mixture came boiling up, we shouted ‘ Pongal o Pongal’ .
After the extensive cooking, we prayed to The Sun God seeking His Grace and blessings.
Plain rice, Sweet rice ( Sweet Pongal) and Medu Vada ( kind of fritters) are the main Naivedhyam ( offering).
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PS This was my previous year’s post but I have made some modifications. Be rest assured, next year, it would be only greetings. 😂😂😂😂😂.