Happy Pongal: Colourful rangolis, bonfires and cultural programmes mark three-day harvest festivalhttps://indianexpress.com/photos/picture-gallery-others/happy-pongal-colourful-rangolis-bonfires-and-cultural-programmes-mark-three-day-harvest-festival/

Happy Pongal: Colourful rangolis, bonfires and cultural programmes mark three-day harvest festival

Colourful rangolis, bonfires and cultural programmes marked the Pongal celebrations, the three-day harvest festival of the Telugu community.

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Colourful rangolis, bonfires and cultural programmes marked the Pongal celebrations, the three-day harvest festival of the Telugu community.

Men from Tamil community take selfies.

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People across Tamil Nadu are celebrating the harvest festival of 'Pongal' and the first day of Tamil month 'Thai' with usual fervour on January 15, preparing the traditional food and offering prayers.

Women from Tamil community make traditional rice to celebrate "Pongal", one of the biggest festival of Tamils or the people of Tamilnadu at Dharavi in Mumbai.

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People prepare sweet Pongal, made of jaggery with rice and milk, in traditional mud pot or in brass cookware, with ginger tied on the top, and offer prayers to Sun God, along with a piece of sugarcane.

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The food is shared with relatives and neighbours after being offered to lord Sun.

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Cows and bulls would be worshipped, particularly in the southern districts of the state, for 'Mattu Pongal' tomorrow, while people visit relatives on the last day 'Kaanum Pongal'.

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Bhogi is the first day of Pongal and it is observed in the honour of the god of rain Indra. Bonfires are lit a day before and women decorate their houses with colourful rangolis.

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Sankranti is the second day of the festival today. Pongali - the food prepared with the newly harvested rice, dal, jaggery, dry fruits, sugar and milk - is prepared at every home on this occasion.

A woman takes photograph of his son posing in traditional attire.