Friday, January 13, 2006

Season's greetings! happy pongal !

Wishing all the viewers a very Happy pongal !

Pongal marks the season of celebration and joyous activities.This symbolizes a new beginning by getting rid of the old. Pongal is the first festival begining off each new year which is observed on January 14th for three days (13th to 15th). which is basically a harvest festival held to honour the Sun, for a bountiful harvest! The celebration has a number of rituals attached to it . Pongal is the name of the special sweet dish with new rice, dhal, jaggery, dry fruits, and milk & is cooked in a new clay pot in the open and allowed to boil & spill over, signifying plenty and prosperity for the year ahead. This is offered to the Sun God and partaken as prasad.