New Delhi Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Pongal, the most famous festival of Tamil Nadu has finally arrived and will be celebrated from 13 January to 16 January. Also known as ‘Huggi’ or ‘Pongali’ in popular culture, Pongal is the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu which is equal to Makar Sankranti.

Dedicated to Surya Dev or Surya Dev, Pongal is celebrated for four days. The celebration begins at Bogi Pandigai when people decorate their homes and offices. The second day, which is the main day of Pongal, is celebrated as Thai Pongal when people perform special poojas to seek the blessings of the Sun God. Traditionally, people spit milk when preparing Pongal as it is considered a sign of prosperity.

The third day of Pongal is called Mattu Pongal when farmers decorate their cattle and worship them. The fourth and final day of Pongal is Kannum Pongal when people gather for celebrations with the spread of traditional food.

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Following is the complete time table of Pongal 2021:

Bhogi Pandigai – 13 January (Wednesday)

Thai Pongal or Surya Pongal – 14 January (Thursday)

Mattoo Pongal – 15 January (Friday)

Kannum Pongal – 16 January (Saturday)

What are the auspicious times for Thai Pongal?

The auspicious time of Thai Pongal Sankranti is at 8.29 am on Thursday. Here we would like to mention that Thai Pongal is also known as Surya Pongal.

How is Pongal celebrated?

Pongal is celebrated with much zeal and enthusiasm across the country, especially in Tamil Nadu. Special fairs and events are organized to celebrate this harvest festival. People also perform a variety of poojas to thank nature for getting the blessings of the Sun God and for providing various resources.

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Special foods like medu vada, avial, rasam, beetroot pachdi, sakkarai pongal and moong dal payasam are also prepared during the four days of Pongal.

However, this year the celebration of Pongal has been widely hit as more than 10 million people have been affected due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic and more than 1.50 lakh people have claimed so far in India. Due to the epidemic, we will request you to stay indoors and follow the COVID-19 criteria celebrating the beautiful festival of Pongal.

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