Hindus Word Over Celebrate Thai Pongal Today
around the world celebrate the festival of Thai Pongal today (15).
Thai Pongal is celebrated on the first day of the
month Thai of the Tamil calendar. The day normally falls between
12th and 15th of the month of January in the Christian calendar.
Thus, Thai is the first month of the Tamil Almanac, and Pongal is a
dish of sweet concoction of rice, moong dal, jaggery and milk. This
festival is celebrated by one and all as it is non-relevance to any
particular religious faith. The whole Tamil population of the world
celebrate it without any differences. Therefore it is widely known
as "Tamil Thai Pongal" or the "Festival of the Tamils".
The Tamil festival of Thai Pongal is a thanks
giving ceremony in which the farmers celebrate the event to thank
the spirits of nature spirit, the Sun and the farm animals for their
assistance in providing a successful harvest. Thai Pongal is
especially devoted to offer gratitude to cattle. The farmers pay
great attention to the animals which have ploughed the fields and
drawn the carts throughout the year. To show his gratitude for this
invaluable service the animals are bathed, their horns are painted
in red, blue, yellow and green. Pooja is offered to them and Pongal
is given in plenty.
The rest of the people celebrate the festival to
pay their thanks to the farmers for the production of food. Overall,
it is a festival to encourage social cohesiveness and unite people
by bringing them together in a common function. There are many songs
about Thai Pongal and there is much Tamil literature about it.
Thai Pongal is an occasion for family re-unions
and get-together. Old enmities, personal animosities and rivalries
are forgotten. Estrangements are healed and reconciliation effected.
Indeed, Thai Pongal is a festival of freedom,
peace, unity and compassion .
Happy Thai Pongal 2015 !
Courtesy : Department of Government