Pongal is one of the most popular harvest festival of South India, mainly Tamil Nadu. Pongal falls in the mid-January every year and marks the auspicious beginning of Uttarayan. Pongal festival lasts for four days. The festivities begin with `Bhogi’ and the first day is considered to be a prelude to the celebrations that follow. `Bhogi’ is observed as a thanksgiving occasion to Lord `Indra’, the God of Heavens. The next day is the `Pongal’ day, which is celebrated to pay respects to `Surya’, the Sun God. It is the day of a new beginning and makes people go for joyful celebrations. As a mark of respect to the cattle, the farmer’s best friends, the third day of Pongal festival is celebrated as `Maattu Pongal’. `Kaanum Pongal’ marks the end of the four-day celebrations. Celebrations include drawing of Kolam, swinging & cooking of delicious Pongal. Our students celebrated Pongal in a traditional way by preparing ‘Pongal’ in mud pot with all religious traits. All the boys and girls in dhoties and Sarees depicted our cultural way of dressing. Some competitions were also conducted to rise the spirit of Pongal celebration.

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