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People celebrate the Pongal festival with fun and gaiety. Read about the Pongal celebrations in India.

Pongal Celebrations

The Pongal festivity usually falls on the 15th of January. For the Tamils, it is one of the most prominent festivals, the celebration of which takes place with full enjoyment and enthusiasm. The entire South India gets actively involved in its preparations. The chilly weather serves like a messenger for the people of South India, as it intimates them about the coming of Pongal festivity. Read on to know more about Pongal celebrations in India.

The festivity is thoroughly enjoyed by people for four consecutive days. It starts with Bogi Pongal and ends with Kaanum Pongal, which is also known as the Thiruvalluvar Day. This festive occasion has a lot of significance, especially for the farmers, who put their heart and soul in the sowing and harvesting of crops. The Pongal festival celebration observes the end of the harvesting season.

During the Pongal festivity, the markets are flooded with various kinds of farm produces. Amongst the Hindus, it is celebrated as a thanksgiving festival, in which people offer their sincere thanks to the Hindu Gods for showering their blessings on them. On the first day, which is more popularly known as Bogi Pongal, people thank Lord Indra, the God of heaven.

The second day is dedicated to Lord Surya. The third day is meant for thanking the cattle. The fourth day, which is known as Kaanum Pongal, marks the end of the Pongal festivity. On this day, people go for shopping, visit their friends and relatives, exchange greetings and wish each other 'Happy Pongal'. People visit their local temples and seek the divine blessings. The entire nation swings, sings and dances to the tunes of music.

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