Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated by the Tamil community. It is a celebration to thank the Sun, Mother Nature and various farm animals that helped to contribute to a bountiful harvest. Pongal also marks the beginning of the Tamil month called Thai, which is considered an auspicious month. It usually falls on the 14th or 15th of January each year.
Pongal is also the name of the dish made and eaten during this festival. It is a mixture of boiled sweet rice. It is derived from the Tamil word pongu, which means “to boil over”.
Pongal means to ‘overflow’, hence the pot of milk boils over to symbolise prosperity and abundance. This is then served to members of the family as well as any visitors to the house.
When the milk boils over the pot, those celebrating would shout out “Pongalo Pongal!”
Sugarcane, which is an important harvest of the season, signifies prosperity and well-being.
Pulli kolam is most commonly drawn during Pongal. It is drawn at the entrance of one’s home. Dots of rice flour are placed in a grid-like framework, which are then joined to form symmetrical patterns.
The Sun is worshipped as the source of life, as it allows for the growth of good harvest that provides food for humans.
Thoranam is a hanging decoration traditionally used by the Tamil community. They are usually made using coconut or mango leaves.
Come and be part of Good Shepherd, Setapak, Pongal Celebration, Main Pongal will be done at 7:30am and the Pongal will then be offered during Mass.
After the 9:30am mass. 6 BEC Zones will take up pongal process challenge and then after the celebration begins.