By: Caroline Sapp & Jose Ferrer
~ Hindus consider this date as auspicious, which means to show that future success is likely.
HOW THINGS ARE CELEBRATED
~ The first day is called Bhogi, many people burn and get rid of old household items and purchase new household items on this day, it marks the start of a new cycle.
~ The second day is Perum, also known as Surya , and is the most important day of Pongal. Many people worship the sun god, Lord Surya by offering prayers on this day. Many people also wear new clothes and women decorate houses with designs using rice flour and red clay.
~ Mattu is the third day and includes worshipping cattle because it is believed that cattle help give a good harvest.
~ The fourth day is called Kanum , which is when many people go on picnics and spend time with families and friends.
~ The Pongal festival also includes exchanging gifts, dancing, and buffalo-taming contests.
~ The schools, collages , and businesses related to agriculture in south and central India remain closed during the four days of celebration.
~ Samak Rice is a dish the Hindus eat during either breakfast or lunch and it helps with weightloss or for a diebetic recipe.
~ Ven Pongal is a savoury rice pudding that is eaten for breakfast.
~ Melagu is a gourmet dessert that most people eat while they celebrate during the holiday.
~ The sun, the chariot, and wheat grains are symbols commonly associated with Pongal.
~ Many states in India, such as Tamil Nadu, celebrate Pongal as a thanksgiving for the good harvest season in mid January every year.
~ The foods eaten in India and especially during the break to celebrate are made with rice.
~ Almost every food dish provided was cooked in clay pots.
HOW IT CHANGED
~ Every year the date changes by increasing one day next time it occurs in the month of January.
Example: next year in 2016 the new dates will be January 16th - 20th.