The Indian festival of harvest known commonly as Pongal is celebrated all around the country. This is exclusively done to thank and enjoy the food that now stands grown. This festival is celebrated throughout the world in different ways.
In Indian culture, the harvest festival is not only regarded by different names but also the celebration varies from region to region according to
Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated by Tamilians throughout the world. The festival is especially dedicated to thank Sun God (Surya Dev) for a prosperous harvest and is popular among Tamil people of the India’s Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Apart from India, this festival is popular in countries like Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius and some others.
Pongal is a four-day festival which corresponds to the dates January 14 to January 17 of the Gregorian calendar. People cook Pongal– a dish cooked out of rice and milk as main ingredients- and offer to Sun God, usually placing it in sun outside. There are two varieties of Pongal dish made out of rice, one sweet and other spicy.
Dedicated to Sun God, Lohri is another variation of the harvest festival; celebrated in the northern part of India by Sikhs and Hindus. It is tremendously popular in
Lohri celebration is pompous with
Various parts of India like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana celebrate Pongal in the name of Makar
The festivities associated with Makar Sankranti include colourful decoration of homes by leaves and flowers, drawing rangolis, kite flying competitions, folk songs, folk dances, bon-fires, fairs, and variety of foods which essentially reflects the lifestyle of Indian culture. People especially wear new and clean clothes. Also cook various food items like sajji roti, til ladoos, different types of chutneys, vegetables, curd-rice, Appalu. All the food items are offered to God before savoring themselves.
On the 3rd day of the festival Kanuma, they worship