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Happy Pongal Images 2019: Here’s how people across India are celebrating the festival

This year, Pongal will start from Tuesday, January 15 and will continue till Friday, January 18. The festival coincides with another harvest festival Makar Sankranti which is primarily celebrated in North India.

Happy Pongal Images 2019

The four-day harvest festival of Pongal is observed in the month of Thai and is celebrated by Indians all across the world, especially South India. (Express photo: Pradip Das)

Happy Pongal Images 2019

This year, Pongal will start from Tuesday, January 15 and will continue till Friday, January 18. The festival coincides with another harvest festival Makar Sankranti which is primarily celebrated in North India. (Express photo: Pradip Das)

Happy Pongal Images 2019

Tamilians celebrate the occasion by making traditional designs known as kolams in their homes with rice powder. The kolams are drawn to welcome goddess Lakshmi, who is believed to bring wealth, prosperity and happiness into the household. (Express photo: Pradip Das)

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Residents gather at the 90 feet road of Mumbai's Dharavi to celebrate the harvest festival of Pongal on Tuesday. (PTI)

Happy Pongal Images 2019

Pongal gets its name from the Tamil word meaning “to boil” and the celebrations begin with the boiling of harvested rice and offering it to the Sun God, as a symbol of thanksgiving. (Express photo: Pradip Das)

Happy Pongal Images 2019

Each of the four Pongal days has its own significance. The first day of the harvest festival is known as ‘Bhogi’ is dedicated to Indra god in which a huge bonfire is lit which has to be kept burning throughout the night. (Express photo: Pradip Das)

Happy Pongal Images 2019

The festival also signifies the gradual heating of the Earth by the Sun and is believed to be the harbinger of good luck, bountiful harvest and prosperity. (Express photo: Pradip Das)