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 \u2013 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 \u201cto boil\u201d. Marking the beginning of the sun\u2019s 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 Happy pongal May this harvest festival Pongal fill your life with.. Blessing of joy and prosperity Pongalo pongal!!!. 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. Pongalo Pongal! The sun shines bright To guide and lead us the way Towards bountiful harvest season May you be blessed with prosperity and joy Happy Pongal! 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!