Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu and in other parts of India as well. It is typically observed in mid-January and marks the end of the winter season. The festival is dedicated to the Sun God, Surya, and is a way for people to express gratitude for the bountiful harvest.
Day 1: Arrival and Cultural Prelude
Describe your arrival in the region and initial impressions.
Explore any pre-festival cultural events or activities.
Share insights into local traditions and customs leading up to Pongal.
Day 2: Bhogi Pongal – Embracing Renewal
Detail the celebrations of Bhogi Pongal, focusing on the disposal of old items.
Share your observations of people cleaning their homes and preparing for the festival.
Capture the spirit of new beginnings and the sense of community.
Day 3: Thai Pongal – Cooking and Festivities
Dive into the main day of Pongal celebrations with a focus on Thai Pongal.