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வைகாசி பொங்கல்

May 6, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

வைகாசி பொங்கல் (Vaikasi Pongal) is a festival celebrated by the Tamil people during the Tamil month of Vaikasi (May-June) in India. It is a harvest festival that marks the beginning of the summer season and the ripening of the first crop of rice.

The festival is typically celebrated over three days, with each day having its own significance and rituals. On the first day, known as Bhogi Pongal, people discard old and unwanted things and light bonfires to symbolize the destruction of evil. The second day, Thai Pongal, is the main day of the festival, when people offer thanks to the sun god for a bountiful harvest by preparing and sharing a special dish called Pongal, made with rice, jaggery, and milk. The third day, Maatu Pongal, is dedicated to cattle, who are worshipped and decorated with garlands and bells as a symbol of gratitude for their contribution to farming.

Vaikasi Pongal is a time of joy and celebration, with people wearing new clothes, decorating their homes with rangolis (colorful designs made with rice flour), and participating in traditional games and cultural events. It is also a time for family reunions and exchanging gifts with loved ones.


May 6, 2023
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm