Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pongal Post

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I don’t think it’s too late to post on Pongal, held last week. As always it was three of us (me, mom and dad) celebrated the harvesting and thanksgiving festival by making Pongal (boiling of rice and milk) at the courtyard using firewood on bricks stove. My brother was out of town, though he isn’t interested in festivals general, I love the tradition of making Pongal esp. in mud pot in open space as a sign of thanking the foremost nature source sun. I always feel festivals are to celebrate and it’s an occasion to be happy, at least for a while keeping away things that put us down or race life. Pongal isn’t a religious festival to celebrate independently at home and some are so reserved to come out to  show up cheers while sending greetings and I believe it’s celebration of nature and thanksgiving the farmers and cattle’s in supporting the production of food crop.

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From night to morning mom drew 4 kolam along the courtyard and gateway, two before went to sleep and two at early morning. I will make a post of it later and here you could see the Pongal boiling/overflowing out of the pot. The days of Pongal passed by watch few movies and TV shows, and alike last year I went around our streets to check neighbours Kolam, but couldn’t see many unlike previous Pongal. The first photo here was the Kolam of my nearby neighbour, though it’s not a colourful kolam, I like the beautiful pattern and neat finishing from this young lady. The backstreet boys conducted Pongal festival contest, just like last year on Mattu Pongal day instead on Pongal and being a weekend along with festival many were out of town and it wasn’t interesting though and contests also went on untimed for people to participate. 

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12 comments:

Betsy Adams said...

Hi There, I enjoy reading about all of your festivals. Pongal sounds like a very interesting festival. I think I read somewhere that this festival is to Thank Mother Nature for her abundance.... That is so NEAT..... Thanks for sharing.

Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

Your Oongak festival sibyls ver similar to ur Thanksgiving. Neither is a religious event, but rather a time to be thankful for the things we enjoy.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Nice pictures, Jeevan. Looks like you had a wonderful time

Sandhya said...

I liked the first simple by perfect kolam and all the colourful kolams. Typical pongal paanei...nice. We cook in brass vessel in the kitchen, keep it in the balcony and do pooja to the sun god. Bring it into the pooja room and another pooja! 7 vegetable koottu is also important on that day. Pongal is over!

Elsie Amata said...

I love these pictures, Jeevan. Your mom is so talented. What a great way to celebrate and also bond as a family and as a community. I'm glad you had so much fun. What a great way to express gratitude.

Have a beachy week!
Elsie

Uppal said...

Your Pongal is similar to our celebrating Basant Panchami, where we cook sweet rice by adding yellow food color. People wear yellow dresses. Boys fly kites.

Loved the way your mother prepared milk rice in the open in an earthen pot in the traditional way. Nice decorations to go with the occasion.

We've so many festivals but what I observe is that in cities people have lost enthusiasm for community celebrations. At least it is so in our part of the country.

Lady Fi said...

What a lovely tradition!

carol l mckenna said...

Happy Pongal to you and your family ~ love the images your Mom draws ~ beauty!

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ashok said...

Lovely kolams!

Nancy Chan said...

Ponggol is also celebrated here! It is interesting to see the way you cook the rice and milk in clay pot.

Twilight Man said...

I love Hindu festivals and love to eat Indian food very much!

carol l mckenna said...

Happy Pongal to you and what beauty and energy in these designs ~ lovely photos too!

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