Surya Pongal also known as Thai Pongal or Perum Pongal
|The Tail portion of the Cow is most Sacred to Hindus|
|Due Respect is given to Cows on Mattu Pongal|
|Cattle being fed on Mattu Pongal|
|Joyous Ocassion on Mattu Pongal|
|Jallikattu on Mattu Pongal Day|
- After new year the immediate Hindu festival is Boghi and pongal. But yet there is one more special occasion that is celebrated by all brahmins which is Kanu Pandigai[Kanu Pongal].
Kanu falls on the same day of Maatu Pongal. On this special Occasion, sisters in the family will pray for the welfare of their brothers. This is special festival for ladies.
We have to make sure the rice kept in leaves should be eaten only by crow and not by any other animals. On this auspicious occasion brahmins will prepare variety rice and ladies should not eat rasam
It is thus, on this day, some observe the bonds between brothers and sisters. it is on this day that sisters and brothers meet and sisters show affection and respect to their brothers by presenting gifts and doing aarti and/or placing kumkum on their forehead and prostrating and touching their feet. Brothers usually respond in kind by offering a gift of clothing or other useful item his sister would appreciate. "This is the day when mixed rices preparations; puliyodharai, Yelumichampazham saadham, thengai saadham, thayir saadham are cooked. It is a day for picnics on the banks of the river that brings water to the paddy lands. Traditionally rasam is not cooked on the day of Kanu, as the food served this day are picnic dishes and finger food. The story behind this tradition is as follows:
|Kaanum Pongal in Villages|
|Kaanum Pongal Crowd|
|Crowd at Vandaloor Zoo on Kaanum Pongal|
|Kannum Pongal at the Beach|
|Pongal Festival Dance|
On this auspicious day of Pongal, since it is customary to decorate one's entrance of the house with Kolams - here is a brief writing on Kolams and their significance.
|Kolams for Pongal|
|Kolam in Front of House|
|Traditional Arisi Maavu Kolam|
|Traditional Kavi Kolam|
|Another traditional Kavi Kolam|
|Thamirai Poo Kolam|
|Sundaram Finance- Kolam Festival-Mylapore|
|Glance of Kolam Festival|
|Rangoli Pattern Kolam|
|At the Hindu Fest Kolam Festival -Kolam in front of a house|
|Artistic Design of Kolam|
|Chariot- Kalasam Kolam|
|The Prize-winning Kolam-Mylapore Festival|
|Kolams in Floral Designs|
|A Festival Entry Kolam artistically drawn|
|Wishes for Pongal Kolams|
With this, my posting on Pongal----the Harvest Festival comes to a close.....see you soon with the next event!