Sankranti Moment = 20:05 on 14th, January
Pongal is a Hindu festival that is observed by folks of Tamil Nadu. Pongal is a four days festival and also the most significant day of Pongal is known as Thai Pongal. Thai Pongal which is the second day of the four days celebration is additionally celebrated as Sankranti. The same day is determined as Makar Sankranti in North Indian states when individuals take holy dip in river Ganges River.
The day before Thai Pongal is known as Bogi Pandigai. On this day individuals clean their homes and light bonfire to discard unused things. In Punjab the same day is well known as Lohri by Sikh community.
Thai Pongal day is celebrated by boiling freshly harvested rice with fresh milk and jaggery in a new clay pot. Whereas boiling the concoction, individuals let the milk spill over the pot as an auspicious sign of material abundance and prosperity. Later the concoction of rice, milk and jaggery, referred to as Pongal, is topped with sugar, Ghee, cashew nuts and raisins. Freshly cooked Pongal is 1st offered to the Sun God as a gratitude for good harvesting and later served on banana leaves to the individuals present in the home for the ceremony. Traditionally Pongal is cooked at sunrise at an open place.
Thai Pongal is the 1st day of Thai month according to Tamil calendar. Thai is the tenth solar month in Tamil Calendar. Thai Masam is known as Makar in different Hindu calendars.
Next day of Thai Pongal is known as Mattu Pongal. Cattles are decorated and worshipped on Mattu Pongal day.
The last and final day of Pongal is known as Kaanum Pongal. It’s time for family reunions in Tamil Nadu.