Pongal, is also referred to as Thai Pongal, is a multi-day Hindu harvest festival of South India, particularly in the Tamil community. It is observed at the start of the month Tai according to Tamil solar calendar, and this is typically about January 14 / 15.
It is a four-day festival which according to the Tamil calendar is usually celebrated from January 14 to January 17. Thai Pongal corresponds to Makara Sankranthi, the harvest festival celebrated throughout India. … Thai Pongal is mainly celebrated to convey appreciation to the Sun God for a successful harvest.
Pongal is one such festival, that is celebrated to thank the Sun God and Lord Indra for helping farmers in getting better-yielding crops. … This harvest festival is traditionally celebrated for four continuous days. First day of the festival falls on 13th January is called Bhogi.
Pongal, the first harvest festival of the year, is a sacred one for Tamilians all over the world and the best celebrations take place in the state of Tamil Nadu. It falls on January 14 this year and the date pretty much remains constant over the years, sometimes it falls on January 15 as well.
The types of Pongal are:
1. Bhogi Pongal: It is the first day of the main Pongal festivity.
2. Thai Pongal: It would be observed on the second day of the Pongal festival.
3. Mattu Pongal: On third day, Mattu Pongal is celebrated.
4. Kaanum Pongal: The last and the fourth day is commemorated.