Posted by: Satheesh Kumar Muthu | January 14, 2010

Belated Wishes for a Happy Pongal

Hi all. A very Special and Happy Pongal/Happy Sankranthi to all of you. Some of you may not be aware of the festival. So let me tell you something in brief about it.

Pongal is the only festival of Hindu that follows a Solar Calender and is celebrated on fourteenth of January every year. The festival has astronomical significance. It marks the beginning of Uttarayana: the sun’s movement northward for a six month period. In Hinduism, Uttarayana is considered auspicious in contrast to Dakshinaayana  (Southern movement of the sun). All the important events are scheduled during this period. Pongal is also called as ‘Makara Sankranthi’,the name refers to the event of the sun entering the zodiac sign of Makara or Capricorn.

Pongal signals the end of the traditional farming season,giving farmers a break from their monotonous routine. Infact, three festivals are celebrated for three consecutive days this week. ‘Bhogi’ is celebrated on Jan 13, Pongal on Jan 14 and Maattu Pongal on Jan 15.



  1. Hi Satheesh:)

    Although I am aware of this festival, I was not aware of the details of the festival. After reading your brief narrative on the festival, I understand that there is a deep meaning and reason behind this wonderful festival. All along I was under the impression it was a big festival in Tamil Nadu like the festival Onam in Kerala.

    If I understand correctly, there is one more holiday connected with Pongal festival-KANUM PONGAL when people throng the museum, cinema theatres and the marina beach.

    Hope you did well in your exams:)

  2. @ Joseph ji
    Thanks a lot for ur comment. I think Kanum Pongal is the same as Maattu Pongal. Its also called Kanuma in Telugu.

  3. Hi Satheesh,
    Interesting post, thanks for sharing what these days mean.
    Have a good weekend.
    ps link to the blog about my dogs

  4. @ Herrad
    Good Weekend to u too Herrad. I would love to visit that blog.

  5. Do you eat any of the food from the harvest as part of the celebration?

    In North America-Canada to be more-specific- we’d probably have a no black berry phone day- so lame our celebrations!~

    Thanks for sharing.

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