A Pictorial Celebration of Pongal

>>  Wednesday, January 19, 2011

We came back home yesterday and it was really coming back home. It was a wonderful 3 day break though it didn't feel or look much like one, me with my laptop in tow. With a blogging marathon you can't expect anything less right. I found it strange myself but then there you go! 

While I enjoyed posting about the Sankranthi Celebrations we had at my SIL's place, I was elated seeing some more of traditional Pongal Celebrations shared by my friend U. I immediately asked her if I could share it on the blog, she was most kind enough to give me her pictures. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Some of the traditional customs are no longer followed or observed. So I was really so happy seeing them observed at her place.

Pongal or Sankranthi is a Harvest Festival. It's the time when all the new crop that is harvested is cooked and offered as a prayer to Sun God.

 The Beautiful Kollams or Rangolis decorating the portico. See that beautiful hand written greetings in Tamil, written by my friend.
Beautiful Kollams with colours, symbolizing different colours in life, in abundance to come!
The clay pots getting ready to be set for cooking the Pongal. One pot for the Sweet pongal and another for plain rice. Since

 Breaking coconut directly over the rice to add more taste to the sweet pongal.
Jaggary is getting added.
Everybody takes turn to add the rice to the boiling water.

The Rice gets cooked and spills over..

Finally once it is cooked, everybody walks around the pot singing the glory of God.

Check out my Blogging Marathon buddies in action! Priya Suresh, Jay, Gayathri, Monika, PJ, Priya Vaasu, Azeema, Reva, Ayeesha, Veena, Usha & Soumya.


Priya January 19, 2011 at 1:05 PM  

Omg, am missing it terribly, thanks for sharing ur festive clicks with us Valli, feel like home..

jayasree January 19, 2011 at 1:28 PM  

Traditional festive celebration on a modern backdrop...Great. Thanks to your friend U for sharing these lovely pics. Thanks Valli for posting them here.

Reva January 19, 2011 at 1:52 PM  

wonderful lovely pictures...sure missing home...thanks for sharing..

The Foodie January 19, 2011 at 2:46 PM  

Lovely pictures... pongal celebrated so traditionally.. thanks for posting these pics :)

notyet100 January 19, 2011 at 2:55 PM  

such nice pics,thnks for sharin,.

Gayathri Kumar January 19, 2011 at 3:07 PM  

Wow! Amazing snaps. Lovely traditional Pongal..

veena krishnakumar January 19, 2011 at 4:51 PM  

wonderful clicks

PriyaVaasu January 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM  

Love those Kolams!!! Very Nostalgic!!!

Usha January 19, 2011 at 6:38 PM  

Nostalgia is kicking in! Truly said, some of the traditions are no longer observed and nice to see someone still following the tradition! Loved each and every picture of the pongal celebration.

divya January 19, 2011 at 7:40 PM  

wow...wonderful pictures..thanks for sharing....

Srivalli January 19, 2011 at 7:48 PM  

Thank you everybody! My friend will surely be so happy reading your wonderful comments.

Smitha January 19, 2011 at 7:52 PM  

everything is so beautiful...nicely drawn and arranged...I miss it so much!!

Check my blog today for a new event....hope u will participate..

Sin-A-Mon (Monika) January 19, 2011 at 8:18 PM  

how lovely I never knew it was celebrated in such a lovely way

Krithi's Kitchen January 19, 2011 at 8:27 PM  

Thanks for sharing.. I miss the traditional pongal celebs..

Suja Sugathan January 19, 2011 at 10:01 PM  

Festive and lovely pictures,thanks for sharing.

Degchi January 19, 2011 at 10:50 PM  

Thanks for sharing. Wonderful pictures.

Minu January 20, 2011 at 10:03 AM  

Tradtional celebrations - best way.
Missed going to my native this year

PJ January 20, 2011 at 1:09 PM  

Reminds me of Pongal celebrations when I was a kid.Used to go to my grandparents place.We were invited by our neighbors who used to celebrate it in true rural style.They had a farm and lots of cows so u can guess how nice the celebration would have been.Thanks for sharing such a beautiful celebration ,Srivalli

Archana January 20, 2011 at 1:27 PM  

This si something I had heard abt but not seen. Thanks for sharing it with me.

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