Pongal (January 14 to January 17 2019) one of India’s grand festivals, is a harvest festival primarily Marked in Tamil Nadu. Why we celebrate Pongal festival is Pongal is thanksgiving to Nature. The festival is traditionally known as Thai Pongal. ‘Thai’ means ‘tenth’ (10th month) and ‘Pongal’ means ‘to boil’. The festival is celebrated in the month of Thai (January-February) during the time when rice and cereals such as sugar-cane, and turmeric are harvested by the farmers.
Mid-January (14th to 17th) is regarded as the most important time in by the Tamilians. This harvest festival falls generally on the 14th or the 15th of January and is the essentially known as ‘Tamil Festival'. Locals in the state say 'Thai pirandhaal vazhi pirakkum' meaning ‘the dawn of the month of Thai will pave the way for new opportunities’. It means it is the time when one must forget past issues and believe that family problems will be solved. Pongal month is customarily regarded as the month of weddings.
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