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Pongal Celebrations

Pongal is a festival celebrated in Tamil culture. This festival is celebrated on 15 January every year. The reason behind celebrating this festival is that in this month specifically on 15th and very it is supposed that farming and harvesting period is over and now it's time for them to entertain themselves. This festival is celebrated because of the belief of oldest people that in month of January the blessings of all the gods will to get them and with this they can nourish themselves. With this belief the farmer community prays the spirits of God so they can put their blessings on the community and their family members. The festival of Pongal lasts for four days in which every day is divided accordingly and separate Gods are worshiped each day.


On the first day of celebration of Pongal festival, which is known as 'Bhogi', Lord Indra is worshiped who is considered as the Lord of heaven according to Hindu mythology. Lord Indra is worshiped to pay respect and thanks for the blessings he has given to the farmer community. On the second day of celebration Lord Surya (The Sun) is worshiped. This second day of the festival is known as the 'Pongal'. As it is considered a new beginning of a New Year according to Tamil calendar, people celebrate this day with joy and happiness. To pay respect to their best friends, cattle, farmers celebrate third today of the festival which is known as 'Mattu Pongal'. Fourth day of the festival is considered as a goodbye day which is named as 'Kaanum Pongal'. As this is the last day of the festival it is celebrated with great enthusiasm and charm.


During the entire celebration of the festival farmers move out of their houses, exchange gifts, celebrate their earned money, etc. Also the farmers spend a lot of money on new clothing and new household items for their homes. This is because this is the time when their pockets were stuffed with money and they're excited about the coming year.


During the celebration of the festival farmers organize various events to entertain themselves and their fellow community members. One of the major events that are organized by the farmers is bull-fight. Though, bullfight is a game originated from Spain, however, the matador here does not kills the bull. On the contrary after the game is over the bull is set free.