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Thursday, 09 January 2014 18:02

Date: 14 January 2014

Pongal is a vibrant and colourful Hindu “thanksgiving” festival traditionally dedicated to the Sun God Surya to thank the solar deity for the good harvest and consecrate the first grain to him on this 'Surya Mangalya'.

The saying "Thai Pirandhal Vazhi Pirakkum" (தைபிறந்தால்வழிபிறக்கும்) meaning "the commencement of Thai paves the way for new opportunities" is often quoted regarding the Pongal festival. The festival usually occurs from January 13 — 15 in the Gregorian calendar i.e. the last day of the Tamil month Maargazhi to the third day of Thai.

The word Pongal literally means “boiling over” which refers to the ritual of boiling freshly harvested rice and milk until it spills out of the pot. The “boiling over” is believed to bring good luck and prosperity to the household. The moment the rice boils over and bubbles out of the pot, it is customary for the devotees to shout “Ponggalo Pongal!”.

During Pongal, houses are also cleaned, painted and decorated and Kolam's (ground patterns made out of rice flour) are made in the front yards of the houses.

In the temples, the rice dish is also prepared while devotees chant prayers. Food such as vegetables, sugar cane and spices are first offered to the gods and later consumed by devotees to cleans themselves of past sins.

The Penang State Tourism Development wishes all of Hindu friends a Happy Pongal!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 18:06
 

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