Photographer: | Making a kolam
18 Jan / 2008Program by:
Language: English

Harvest festival

In today’s’ English news Anbu explains the meaning behind Pongal, an annual festival’ which takes place during the month of January. Pongal, a harvest festival, is celebrated over three days. The first day commemorates the harvest of grains; rice is cooked and offered to the gods. Day 2 recognizes the cow: the animals are washed, decorated and taken around the houses, allowed to run freely without working. The third day is sharing of prosperity, a gift exchange.Anbu also shares the origin of the Kolams we see outside village homes. In olden days the designs were of rice powder meant to share food with ants but today the Kolams are drawn with bright colored powders for decorative purposes. or in the picture.