Pongal – Honouring our harvest and homeland

Marking the end of the winter solstice and the beginning of a new harvest season, Makar Sankranti is a four-day festival in the Hindu calendar dedicated to the Sun God. Falling in the month of January as per the Gregorian calendar, it denotes the sun's transit into the 'Makara Rashi' or the zodiac of Capricorn, from where it gets its name. Celebrated with intense vigour and devotion throughout the country, ...

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Thamizhar Thirunal – The Harvest Festival of Tamil Nadu

One of the important festivals celebrated by the Agrarian communities all over India is Makara Sankranthi. The harvest festival follows a Solar calendar, and it is essentially a thanksgiving celebration to Surya, the Sun God. The biggest event for the year in Tamil Nadu is Pongal, and the festival is celebrated for four days at a stretch, starting from January 14th every year. The first day of the Tamil month “Thai” ...

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