What is Kaanum Pongal? and why we are celebrating Pongal?

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What is Kaanum Pongal?

Kaanum Pongal is the fourth day of the Pongal festival; The word kaanum in Tamil meaning is “to visit”. Many families hold reunions and will cook non-vegetarian food with their relatives in the harvest field.. The tradition of Tamil people in this day is to give gifts(Ponga Mariyaathai) one people to another one as a token of love. Especially Brothers were offering to their married sisters by giving gifts as the statement of their filial love.

Most of the people will use this day as the outing with family by socializing, beaches, theaters, and tourist destinations. kaanum Pongal is also known as Kannu*i Pongal(Virgin Pongal) in Tamil Nadu.

Why we are celebrating Pongal?

Thai Pongal is harvest festival of South Indian People, which is used to pay thanks to the Sun God and beginning of six month period during which the sun moves northward relative to the Equator. It also is the day on which the sun is thought to enter the “tenth house” on its path along the Hindu zodiac. So Pongal is the most important festival and celebrated in Tamilnadu.

On the day of kannum Pongal people holds reunion and cooking can be done outside in the sunlight and which is usually done on a porch. The cooking pot is made of clay and is enhanced with colorful patterns. The final Pongal is served with banana leaves. The first rice begins to boil when Pot comes to overflowing people will shout out “Pongalo Pongal!”

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