Pongal is the only Hindu festival which is celebrated according to a solar calendar and falls on the fourteenth or fifteenth day of January every year. The festival also has a lot of astronomical significance attached to it, marking the beginning of the Uttarayana phase or the sun’s northwards movement for a period of six months. Uttarayana is considered especially auspicious according to Hindu traditions as opposed to Dakshinayana, which marks the movement of the sun towards the south.
Pongal marks the end of the farming season and provides the farmers a break from the hectic routine. The temples are heralded with bells and drums while the villages mark the occasion by preparing rice in pots. Offerings of rice, vegetables and sugarcane are made to the gods and the people pray for the prosperity of all.
Happy Pongal Every One !! God bless all !!