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Happy Thai Pongal wishes to all!

Happy Thai Pongal wishes to all my friends, fans and family around the world. Pongal is technically the first day of the Tamil new year.

Happy Thai pongal 2018

Traditionally On this day we honour the Sun god, bless crops and fields..and symbolically do work in the fields. Following day is Mattu-Pongal.. (Madu / Mattu means Cow in Tamil.. and it is a day to honour the 2nd most important thing for a farmer, next to The Sun.. which is cows/ cattle).

Those celebrating will be getting up early, have a shower, wear clean / new cloths, visit temple, and also cook milk-rice in the light of the Sun.. offer it to the Gods..then share in the meal with family and friends. `Pongal’ is the act of the boiling milk-rice frothing to the surface in the pot.. and it also is the name of the milk-rice dish itself.. It is the act of the auspicious cooking completion (as food is sacred and a blessing).

Thai is the Tamil name of the first month of the year.
so it all means the first boiling and cooking of the meal on the first day of the first month of the new year.

-Mani Navasothy

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Happy Thai Pongal (Tamil New Year 2014)

Happy Thai Pongal Greetings to all my Blog Readers & Followers, Family & Friends…!

It’s the first day of the Tamil Calendar..  `Thai’ is the name of the first month of the Tamil Calendar..   And pongal is the milk-rice food that is traditionally made on this day.. as the first food item..

Happy Thai Pongal Greetings - from Mani (14th January 2014)
Happy Thai Pongal Greetings – from Mani (14th January 2014)

People tidy up, make special offerings to the Sun God (leave the food items on an outdoor altar where Sun light is shining),..  and honour nature! And luckily,  it’s a sunny day in London today.

It’s also traditionally when farmers get prepared ..to get back to the paddy fields..to start work for a new cycle!!

The day after Thai Pongal (15th January) is dedicated to honouring the  farm animals (and tools) ..as   these are the next most important things to Sunlight, rain and the Earth..  for farming!

Best wishes.

-Manivannan Navasothy

(London, UK)

ps. What do ya know..This happens to be my 350th blog post..  🙂

Video: Thai Pongal at Temple in London

Here’s a video that my sister filmed and put together last year for Thai Pongal. 🙂

..and some photos of the same event.

-Mani Navasothy

link:  Pongal Greetings & meanings

Happy Thai Pongal 2013 – Harvest festival of Tamils

Today is Thai Pongal, the Harvest festival celebrated by majority of Tamil speaking people in countries all around the world (Indians, Sri Lankans, Indonesians and so on). So here’s wishing you all a Happy Thai Pongal, from London. Best wishes. -Mani.

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Happy Thai Pongal.

That’s what Tamils and other Indians who celebrate this festival say to one another at this time.

It’s the same as wishing someone `Happy New Year’ – because for farmers in Indian countries, this is actually a new year. Well, not just for farmers – it is the beginning of the new calendar for Tamils and marks the first day of the new year.  Thai is the name of the first month.

The rituals for Thai Pongal involve people clearing their homes of clutter and old unwanted items (sometimes burning them), sweeping of the whole house and washing the floors (if cement or concrete), then purifying the home with ringing of bells, incense and so on. On the day of Pongal, all household members will rise early, look to the rising Sun and make a prayer, then take a bath / shower (anointing themselves with special water…

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Thai Pongal – Harvest Festival of Tamils

Thai Pongal

Happy Thai Pongal.

That’s what Tamils and other Indians who celebrate this festival say to one another at this time.

It’s the same as wishing someone `Happy New Year’ – because for farmers in Indian countries, this is actually a new year. Well, not just for farmers – it is the beginning of the new calendar for Tamils and marks the first day of the new year.  Thai is the name of the first month.

The rituals for Thai Pongal involve people clearing their homes of clutter and old unwanted items (sometimes burning them), sweeping of the whole house and washing the floors (if cement or concrete), then purifying the home with ringing of bells, incense and so on. On the day of Pongal, all household members will rise early, look to the rising Sun and make a prayer, then take a bath / shower (anointing themselves with special water blessed by priest from a nearby temple). All then wear new cloths.  The matriarch or lady of the household will cook the special milk-rice in the heart fire, and bring it on a plate to the family altar. Here everyone gathers to offer prayer, songs and worship. Then the rice and other sweet food items are shared, and offered through out the day to any arriving guests. Chewing sugar-cane  or sugar-candy is also tradition, as well as giving gifts to all – new cloths, religious statues or artefacts, furniture etc. Greeting cards are exchanged between family members, friends, relatives and work colleagues.

Here’s wishing you a fruitful year ahead. May all the seeds you plant be nurtured by the earth and rain, and energised by the Sun..