Celebrate Pongal With Prestige

 

 

 

What is Pongal?

PONGAL is a joyous celebration to express gratitude for a bountiful harvest towards the sun god. It is dedicated to the sun god, Surya and has its roots in ancient Brahmanical tradition. Since Pongal is a rural, agrarian-based festival that celebrates the harvests, the sun is a vital part of the proceedings. This is because the Sun is the symbol of life on Earth. Without the Sun, crops cannot sprout and grow. Without the Sun, harvests will not be plentiful.

Lord Indra too is honoured for the copious rain showers received by the farmlands. The cattle, especially, cows and bullocks are worshipped and pampered for their unconditional contribution. Pongal is a 4-day long festival that is celebrated with revelry and contentment throughout south India, especially Tamil Nadu.

 

Day 1: Bhogi Pongal

 

 

Celebrations begin from home on the first day, called Bhogi Pongal which symbolises a fresh start with enthusiasm and to do away with the wastes and unwanted stuff from our homes. Bonfires are lit and accumulated waste is burnt away. This way the evil spirits are driven out of our happy homes. The house is whitewashed and given a fresh and rejuvenated look which adds on more grace to it.

 

Day 2: Pongal day

 

 

The second day is spent honouring of the Sun God for his incessant and blessed sunshine on everyone. Members of the family ardently wear new clothes to cherish the festivity mood. It is also the time when newly harvested rice, jaggery and moong dal (the recipe is called Pongal too) is cooked in a traditional decorated pot called “Pongapani”.

The cooked dish is allowed to overflow and at that moment, the entire family cheers “PONGAL O PONGAL” as a humble thanksgiving for a good harvest. It is a ritual which is followed every year to begin cooking on a new stove with new pots and pans, to herald the New Year.

 

Day 3: Mattu Pongal

 

 

The third day of Pongal is dedicated for the cattle. It is fondly called Mattu Pongal. The cows and bullocks are offered a proper bath, decorated and revered for their major role in reaping a magnanimous harvest. They are considered as God which makes these decorations more active every year.

 

Day 4: Kannum Pongal

 

 

The fourth day is called Kannum Pongal, a time to visit family and friends and rejoice the festivity. The rice is placed in the centre of the leaf, while the women ask that the house and family of their brothers should prosper. Arati is performed for the brothers with turmeric water, limestone and rice, and this water is sprinkled on the kolam in front of the house. Some also go to temple to worship and thank god for all good things that are bestowed on them. Gatherings at favourite picnic spots, fun and frolic mark the last day of the festival.

 

What are Kollams?

 

 

Kollams, which is a decorative artwork done on the floor, adorn the front yards of houses. It is made with rice flour, yellow pumpkin flowers and various captivating colours. PONGAL symbols like the sun, traditional earthen pots, etc are incorporated in an elegant fashion in these Kollams.

 

Joy of Celebrating Pongal with Prestige

 

Prestige is one of the leading brands who never set back when it is greeting one another on any festive season. As Pongal ushers in a New Year, Prestige takes this opportunity to offer a host of utensils and appliances that can provide a fresh look to your kitchen. The user-friendly appliances brought by Prestige make life much easier and smarter in every way. It is also a splendid time to exchange alluring gifts like kitchen appliances, smart and stylish cookware and useful household items with friends and family.

A classic Tamil festival Pongal offers us the opportunity to thank the entire creation for all the good times bestowed on us, and to foster the unfolding times ahead of us.