Thai Pongal or Pongal means rice cooked in milk and sweetened with brown sugar during the month of Thai. It is one of the most popular thanksgiving or Harvest festival of South India, celebrated at the end harvest season by the Tamilians all over the world and mainly in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
The second day of Pongal is known as ‘Surya Pongal’ and is dedicated to the Sun God. It is the day on which the celebration actually begins and is also the first day of the Tamil month Thai.
On this day the granaries are full, the sun shines brightly, trees are in full bloom, bird-songs resound in the air and hearts overflow with happiness that get translated into colorful and joyous celebrations.
Women wake early on this day to create elaborate‘kolam’ on the grounds in front of their doorway or home. It is created with colored rice flour placed on the ground carefully by using one’s hand.
On this day the new rice is collected and cooked in pots until they over flow. This overflowing of rice is a joyous occasion, and the children and adults.