Saturday, January 25, 2020

Pongal 2020

Mom's colorful floral Kolam
It’s more than a week since Pongal passed off gracefully, and as expected we had a traditional Pongal made in earthen pot and firewood stove into the balcony, just like the previous year. The day began with mom and aunt drawing colourful Kolams at the gateway and below the balcony (what you seen in the previous post) and we got ready wearing the latest cloths and skipped the breakfast to have an early lunch with Pongal. Mom arranged for the bricks and firewood a day earlier to the festival and late in the morning of Pongal aunt joined mom in preparing Pongal and arranging of things.



The Pongal pot bubbled up well and sustained in its overflowing state sometime for me to capture the moment.  Though it is believed as a sign of welcoming the year and good harvest, I see the real happiness and concern was getting together with the family of uncle and thanksgiving the nature in unison because Pongal isn’t a religious festival to hold back into the home, it is a dedication to farmers and nature what coexists in deciding our food and stepping out of home is where lies all. Other than the day with Thai Pongal, with holidays extended up to 5 days wasn’t anything special and the television programs weren’t interesting and the movies relayed were also already watched in online streams. As usual I went around the neighbourhood to capture Pongal Kolams drawn in front of the houses and found very few color Kolams drawing my attention. And I think of sharing it in another post.

12 comments:

George said...

It sounds as if your family had a wonderful celebration.

bill burke said...

Very cool and a nice way to celebrate.

Nancy Chan said...

Ponggol is also celebrated here by those observing the festival.

L. D. said...

The colors and designs are so great to see.

ashok said...

Lovely kolam

Lady Fi said...

Such lovely and vibrant colours!

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Sounds like a wonderful celebration with your family. The colorful Kolam is beautiful. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead.

carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful words and photos and pongal creations ~ sending lots of happy celebration thoughts to carry through the season ~

Happy Moments to You,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Destination Infinity said...

I want to eat that chakkara pongal now :)

Destination Infinity

Kirtivasan Ganesan said...

A great pongal celebration here. Great colors and traditions.

Sandi said...

What is in the pot?

Sandi said...

Oh! I just read in another post that it is rice in the pot.