Pongal is the major harvest festival of South India. In Tamil Nadu, it is also known as Tai Pongal. It is celebrated every year on 14 January. Pongal is also dedicated to Surya like Makar Sankranti. It is also celebrated due to Sun entering Capricorn.
Actually, the winter crop is harvested at the time of Pongal. This is the reason that money is found in every. Traditional dishes like Arva rice, sambar, moong dal, toram, coconut, abayal are made on Pongal. The special dish of this festival is Chakari Pongal, which is made by boiling rice, jaggery and Bengali gram in milk.
Pongal is said to be a day of gratitude to all the factors that increase crops such as sunshine, sun, Indra Dev and animals. All these are worshiped on this day. It is believed that Lord Saturn is pleased by worshiping the sun on this day. All the troubles go away.
In this festival, sweets are made and offered to the deity Pongal, after which the cow is offered and distributed to the family. On this day people also make kolam outside their homes. Worship with family, friends, and friends and give gifts to each other. This festival lasts for four days. Bhogi Pongal will be celebrated on 15 January, Thai Pongal on 16 January, Mattoo Pongal on 17 January and Kanum Pongal on 18 January.