Good morning to the Respected Principal, honorable teachers, and my dear friends.
My name is Rithik.
Today, I am going to talk about the festival – Pongal.
Pongal is the harvest festival of Tamilnadu, India. This festival is celebrated on 14th January every year. It marks the beginning of the month of Thai according to the Tamil calendar. It is celebrated for four days.
The first day is Bhogi Pongal. Bhogi Pongal is burning the old things, destroying the old items, and welcoming the new ones.
The second day is Surya Pongal. Surya Pongal is celebrated to thank the Sun and the farmers for the food grains. Sweet Pongal is prepared on this day using raw rice, milk, and jaggery. This is offered to God and later people eat with their family and friends. When the milk boils while preparing Pongal, they say “Pongalo Pongal”.
The third day is Mattu Pongal day. This is celebrated to thank the cows for giving milk. Cows also help the farmers in agriculture. Jallikattu is celebrated in important places of Tamilnadu on this day.
The fourth day is Kanum Pongal Day. Kanum means visiting. This is celebrated by visiting their relatives and friends. Children get blessings from elders. They also play lots of games on this day like breaking the pot, pulling the rope, and so on.
I welcome you all to the Pongal celebration in our village.