Monday, January 17, 2011

THAI PONGAL CELEBRATION






Thai Pongal is a harvest festival of Tamil people in India. Usually it is celebrated in the first day of the Tamil month THAI. It is also a biggest festival for Tamil people. Its intension is to thank the god SURYA (SUN) and creatures and materials (tools) that helped human for his cultivation in a whole year. People consecrate their first grain to the god SURYA (SUN) .Pongal means “boiling over”. When the milk is boiling over people shouted “Pongola pongal” .At this time they add new harvested rice in the pot. Seeing the Boiling over of milk in a clay pot is trusted by giving good luck and prosperity. People put some kolams in their door steps and dedicate newly cooked rice, sugar cane, sweets, vadai, sweetened rice, milk and harvested vegetables to the god SURYA.Here we draw a simple kolam in our doorstep. My elder daughter was very interested to color it using color powders.But my younger daughter is very interested in wiping that kolam.What a naughty baby is she!

33 comments:

Roberta said...

The food looks so fresh and wonderful!

Ruth Ann said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I came to your blog and saw your beautiful photo and then I read the post and saw that you made those beautiful frocks! They are amazing! I wish I could sew like that! Have a wonderful week!
-Ruth Ann

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Everything is so colorful and what an interesting holiday. Both of your girls are adorable in their beautiful dresses.(-:

Swathi said...

Happy pongal to you and your family. Delicious dishes. Your daughters are cute.

Suztats said...

Happy Pongal to you and your family.

Doris Sturm said...

That is very interesting. I love learning about other cultures. It sort of reminds me a little of the Ernte Dankfest in Germany where you bring produce up to the altar in the church to thank God for the harvest that year...Your daughter's dresses are so beautiful in gold and black ... did you sew them? Your children look lovely!

g.aruljothiKarikalan said...

nice celebration............ beautiful kids......

Emmy said...

thank you so much for visiting my blog I will follow you from now on love to read about your culture

angelwhispers said...

Happy Pongal to you abd your family the picture looks beautiful so colourful and I love the dreses even better when I read you had made them!!

I have had a look through your blog and you are a very talented lady just love the zardosi wallhanging it's just stunning and such gorgeous colours.
Thank you for your lovely comment I have come over to have a nosey anf love it so I have become a follower!! Love Chanelle xxxx

Helmi said...

Beautiful dresses and the food looks very good. Happy Pongal.
grt, Helmi

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello,

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. Happy Pongal, love your photos!


~ Gabriela ~

Friendship Crossing said...

Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments.
Your daughters are very beautiful and those dresses are so pretty!

Tanya

Nerissa Alford said...

Happy Pongal! I enjoyed looking at your celebration pictures
Thanks for coming by my blog.

CREATIVE MIND said...

Hi dear...thanks for your sweet comment...enjoy your festival & have a smart season ahead...

Michelle L. said...

Your doorstep is very beautiful in these photos! Everything from the painted floor to the food to the sweetest little girls! Thanks for sharing with us, really cool to see your lovely celebrations through the year.

het lieveheersbeestje said...

I wish you a great happy pongal feast! I saw on our dutch tv journal about this festival, very nice! It is so nice to celibrate festivals with your own children isn't it? When my daughter was born (17 years ago) we also stardet to celibrate our traditional festivals seriously. It is so nice to make happy memories for our children don't you think?
Greetings from Mama lieveheersbeestje.

Karen said...

Thank you so much for sharing one of your traditions and teaching me about Thai Pongal! You're daughters are beautiful as well. Wishing you a wonderful week! :>

Karen L R said...

What sweet children! And I love the dresses you've stitched.

Kristen said...

Your children are beautiful. What a fun celebration. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Suzanne said...

Wath a wonderful celebration! All the collors in these pictures looks so beautiful!

Thank you for visiting my blog and leavins such nice comment!
I follow you too,

raji said...

Nice write up about pongal .Kolam is really beutifully decorated by ur kid!happy pongal .

Elephants et plus by Sonia Otero said...

Espero disfruten y tengan una feliz celebración. Sus hijos están muy lindos, con unos vestidos muy coloridos. Me encanta! Saludos.

Chelsea said...

Very nice post, I've learned something new. Thanks for sharing.
Love,
Chelsea

EG Wow said...

Is there a significance to the colours the girls are wearing? They look adorable even if the baby is being a bit naughty.

sailor146 said...

Love this post. Enjoy yourself and your family.

Kerrie said...

Dear Kasthurirajam, It is very interesting to read and learn about your culture. Lovely photographs! Your daughters look adorable in the lovely dresses you made for them! Take care. With love and care from Kerrie. xOx

lailani said...

So glad you shared a part of your world and culture! So fun to read and learn about. And your little ones? Too cute (naughty or not :))

kasthurirajam said...

thank u friends

siva said...

மிக நல்ல இருக்கு அக்கா
எனது லேட்டான வாழ்த்துக்கள்
ஆங்கில புலமை கம்மி...
so cute your dauter..

Ruthie's Greetings (Handmade Cards) said...

I like the dresses :-) Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Millie D said...

Very pretty dresses, you are talented. Lovely photo of the celebration, Millie

Priya said...

Nice celebration, tks for sharing & Ur kids are So cute & sweet!

The Clip Cafe said...

They look gorgeous!