Festival Duration

Pongal is a four-day festival, beginning on January 15 and ending on January 18, 2024.

Significance in Tamil Nadu

Pongal is one of the most important festivals in South India, especially celebrated in Tamil Nadu. It coincides with Makar Sankranti in the northern region of India.

Harvest Festival

Pongal marks the harvest season and is celebrated during the Thai month of the Tamil calendar, which is considered auspicious for new beginnings.

Mythological Story

The festival is associated with a story from Hindu mythology involving Lord Shiva and his bull, Nandi.

Day 1 - Bhogi Festival

The first day is dedicated to Lord Indra, the God of rain, and involves a bonfire tradition known as Bhogi Mantalu.

Day 2 - Rituals and Offerings

The second day includes boiling rice in milk in an earthenware pot and offering it to the Sun God. Traditional attire and decorations are part of the celebration.

Day 3 - Mattu Pongal

This day is dedicated to cows, which are worshipped and adorned with bells and flowers.

Cultural Practices

The festival includes various cultural practices such as singing, dancing, and drawing kolams (traditional patterns) in front of houses.