Thai Pongal this year (2017) will be celebrated on Saturday, the 14th January 2016. Thai Pongal is a very important festival of Tamils; it unifies all Tamils as it is celebrated by all faiths. The festival is celebrated on the first day of the month of Thai according to the Tamil calendar. Thai is the first month of the Tamil Almanac, which is devised according to changes in planets and nature. The first day of Thai marks the planet Sun entering the Capricorn, beginning its northward journey for a six-month period and also marks the departure of the southeast monsoons.
Pongal is a festivity to show our gratitude to those who helped us in the bountiful harvest; the Sun god, the nature, the cattle, the equipment used, and rejoice and share our joy and happiness of getting a bountiful harvest with others. Although it is basically a harvest festival of farmers, today it has become a national festival for all Tamils. The whole Tamil population of the world celebrates it without any differences. Therefore, it is widely known as "Tamil Thai Pongal" or the "Festival of the Tamils".
Pongal also signifies prosperity. The boiling of milk, which seethes up and spills over, is a propitious symbol of abundance. It symbolizes that happiness, joy, and love should seethe from your inner self and spill onto others around.
Let’s celebrate this festivity knowing the inner meaning of our customs and traditions.
The Jaffna Hindu Web team wishes all a Very Happy Thai Pongal.
தை பிறந்தால் வழி பிறக்கும்.
May the dawn of Thai, pave the way for new opportunities and bring brightness into every one's life.