Pongal is a multi-day Hindu harvest festival in South India, especially among the Tamil community. It is dedicated to the Hindu sun god, Surya, and corresponds to Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival under many regional names celebrated across India. The three days of the Pongal festival are called Bhogi Pongal, Surya Pongal and Maattu Pongal. Some people celebrate the fourth day of Pongal under the name of Kaanum Pongal.
Pongal is celebrated with great vigor in the Tamil community and people use earthenware pots, sugar cane, leaves, rangoli made from rice flour to decorate their homes during the festival. Here are different ways to decorate pots for Pongal 2022.
Decorating ideas for the Pongal pot
The earthen pot has enormous importance in many rituals in India. The pot with water inside, mango or betel leaves is symbolic of prosperity. These earthenware pots are widely used to prepare traditional Pongal dishes and are also used for decoration. One can find several videos and tutorials online that can help you design and decorate the pot of this Pongal 2022. Here are some designs and decorating ideas of Pongal Pot.
Dates and days of Pongal 2022
The Pongal festival begins on the day called Bhogi Pongal and marks the last day of the Tamil month Marghazi. On this day, people throw away old goods and celebrate new goods. People gather and light a bonfire to burn the piles of garbage. The houses are cleaned, painted and decorated to give an air of celebration. Bhogi Pongal 2022 will be observed on January 14.
Surya Pongal is also called Suryan Pongal or Perum Pongal and is the second and main feast day, and is dedicated to the Hindu god Surya. It is the first day of the month in the Tamil Tai calendar, and coincides with Makara Sankranthi – a winter harvest festival celebrated across India. Surya Pongal 2022 will be celebrated on January 15.
Mattu Pongal is celebrated the day after Surya Pongal. Mattu refers to “cow, ox, cattle,” and Tamil Hindus regard cattle as a source of wealth to provide dairy products, fertilizer, transportation, and agricultural aid. On Mattu Pongal, the cattle are sometimes decorated with garlands of flowers or painted horns, they are offered bananas, a special meal and we adore them. Mattu Pongal 2022 will be celebrated on January 16.
Kanum Pongal, sometimes referred to as Kanu Pongal, on the fourth day of the festival, marks the end of Pongal festivities for the year. Kanum Pongal 2022 will be celebrated on January 17th.
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