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Friday, January 15, 2016

PONGOLO,PONGAL !

Pongal is a four day cultural festival which is normally celebrated from January 13 to January 16, but sometimes it is celebrated from January 14 to January 17. This corresponds to the last day of the Tamil month Maargazhi to the third day of the Tamil month Thai. 
Pongal is translated as "boiling over" or "overflow." Pongal is also the name of a sweetened dish of rice boiled with lentils that is ritually consumed on this day. Symbolically, pongal signifies the gradual heating of the earth as the Sun travels northward toward the equinox.
Besides rice and milk the ingredients of this sweet dish include cardamomjaggeryraisinsGreen gram (split), and cashew nuts. Cooking is done in sunlight, usually in a porch or courtyard, as the dish is dedicated to the Sun god, Surya. The cooking is done in a clay pot that is decorated with coloured patterns called kolam. Pongal has two variants, one sweet and one savoury. The dish is served on banana leaves.
Thai Pongal is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Tamil people worldwide.
Ponggal 2016 program at Kampung Budaya Chetti Melaka


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