Long long ago, the festival of Pongal came to be practiced in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. With time, the festival was adopted by many other Indian states, albeit under different names. Read and know how it was taken up. If you like our article, refer it to your friends or anyone you like. All you have to do is click here. So paint yourself in the festive colours and enjoy a happy Pongal with your friends and family.
Since India is an agrarian country, there are many harvest festivals celebrated here. The festival of Pongal is one of the famous harvest festival which is observed in different states, albeit under different names. The rituals attached are also somewhat diverse in kind. However, since it is a harvest festival, bonfires and feasts serves as a common form of rituals to all the celebrations.
The North Indian people celebrate this harvest festival as Makar Sankranti. Kite flying serves as the most exciting aspect of this festival. It is the general believe of the people that the direction of the wind changes on that day, so they all come out on the streets to fly colourful kites and capture as many as possible. On this day, people exchange homemade sweets like til and gur laddoos and pray for each other’s good health and well-being. Another custom related with the celebration of this festival is that a newly wedded woman gives away oil, cotton and sesame seeds on this auspicious day, to everyone so that blessings are bestowed upon her and her family for lifetime.
The people of Punjab celebrate the harvest festival in the form of Lohri. It marks the coming of spring and the approaching end of the winter. With the cold winds blowing all over, they celebrate by dancing bhangra around a fire, which is fed with rice, sugarcane and sesame seeds. People sing folk songs which tell a tale of good harvesting, which is as a blessing from the Almighty. Afterwards a grand feast is arranged for the family members around the sacred bonfire, and an exchange of greetings and pleasantries mark the festival celebration here.
This is the greatest festival of the people of Assam, who observe three Bihus. The three Bihus, constitute a complex festival and are celebrated at various stages of the cultivation of paddy, the principal crop of Assam. The nightlong feast with family and friends along with the preparation of traditional Assamese goodies, and the early morning worship of the Indian god of fire - Agni, are some of the major highlights of this festival.
West Bengal celebrates this harvest festival in the form of festival cum fair called Ganga Sagar Mela. However this festival is not only confined to the Bengalis, for people from all over the world come to visit the Ganga Sagar beach with the belief that a dip in the holy bank will cleanse them off their sins.