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What is Pongal Festival? What is Pongal Food?

Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated in several parts of India. It is typically observed in January, marking the auspicious beginning of the Thai month in the Tamil calendar. The festival is dedicated to the Sun God, Surya, and is a thanksgiving ceremony for the bountiful harvest.

Pongal is a time for joy, festivities, and expressing gratitude for the agricultural abundance. The festival holds cultural and social significance, fostering a sense of community and togetherness.

Pongal is a four-day festival

Bhogi Pongal: On the first day, people discard old belongings and celebrate the cleansing of their homes and surroundings with fire.

Thai Pongal: The main day of the festival, Thai Pongal is dedicated to cooking a special dish called Pongal. It is made using newly harvested rice, jaggery, and milk, and is offered to the Sun God as a gesture of gratitude.

Maattu Pongal: This day is dedicated to honoring and thanking cattle for their hard work in the fields. Cattle are bathed, adorned with garlands, and taken in a procession.

Kaanum Pongal: On the final day, families come together, and people visit each other to strengthen their bonds. It is also a day for outdoor activities and recreation.

What is Pongal Food?

During Pongal festival various foods will be prepared and all family members enjoy together to celebrate the festival such as

Sweet Pongal – Sweet porridge like dish made with rice and mung lentils, flavored with cardamoms and dry fruits. Sweet Pongal is also known as sakkarai Pongal in tamil language Sankranthi Pongal in Telugu is a sweet dish made during festive occasions in south India.

Semiya Payasam – This is one of the easiest sweets that can be made for any festive occasion. the North Indian counter part of semiya payas

am is Seviyan kheer.

At Paradise Indian Grill we celebrating Pongal Festival with special lunch buffet check out menu on our Buffet Menu page.

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