Happy Pongal 2018: The Tamilian festival of Pongal falls on January 14 this year. Pongal celebrations continue for four days and every year it falls on January 14. Jallikattu is celebrated on the third day of the festivities. Like most festivals during this month, Pongal has its origin in the farming cycle – it is the time to sow crops like sugarcane, turmeric (haldi) and rice, among others. It also marks the end of the winter and the beginning of spring. Pongal gets its name from Tamil word meaning “to boil”.
Marking the beginning of the sun’s northward shift called Uttaraayan, Pongal falls on January 14. As the Sun rises, the day is greeted with ringing bells, rhythmic beats of drums and the echoing sounds of conch shells. Rice is boiled in pots to signify an ample harvest for the season and is offered to the Sun God. Known as Surya Maangalyam, it is devoted to acknowledge the heat and energy for cultivation that blesses them.
Interestingly, Pongal is known by different names in different parts of the country. In some parts, it is called Makar Sankranti while in others it is also referred to as Lohri. It is also called Maghi in Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, Magh Bihu in Assam, Poush Sangkranti in West Bengal amongst others.
Here are some Pongal wishes you can send your loved ones:
Wishing you a pongal
That brings you luck and prosperity
Brings you the blessings
May this harvest festival
Pongal fill your life with..
Blessing of joy and prosperity
Happy pongal to you and your family!!!
Celebrate this day with a heart
Filled with cheer and fervor
Sending my warmest greetings to you
And to your family and loved ones this Pongal.
The sun shines bright
To guide and lead us the way
Towards bountiful harvest season
May you be blessed with prosperity and joy
May the SWEETNESS of overflowing milk and sugarcane
Fill your home with harmony and happiness
Wishing you the best and prosperous Pongal!
May this auspicious festival bring you
Overflowing happiness, joy and prosperity
Wishing you a blessed and happy Pongal!