One of the most important festivals celebrated by the Tamil people, with origins more than a 1000 years old, is ‘Pongal’. A harvest festival, it is usually celebrated during ‘Thai’, the 10th month of the Tamil calendar, January in the Gregorian calendar. It shows appreciation to the Sun God for providing the energy for agriculture. People prepare for almost a month in advance. At dawn, womenfolk embellish the floors with colourful patterns called ‘Kolam’. Traditional dwellings are whitewashed with limestone.
‘Bhogi’, the first day signifies the welcoming of the new and letting go of the past. A communal bonfire is lit where people burn their discards
The main event celebrated on the second day is ‘Thai Pongal’. Milk is cooked in a clay pot and rice is added when it boils over. The sweet version includes jaggery, cardamom and raisins while the savoury version is prepared with green gram and cashew nut.
Cattle is given much regard for providing dairy, fertilizer, labour for ploughing and transportation. On the third day is ‘Mattu Pongal’ where cows are bathed, decorated, horns brightly painted and fed with fruits, honey and jaggery. A small ritual is offered in thanks.
The last day marks the end of festivities. Sugarcane is chewed leisurely while families hold reunions and thank friends and relatives for their support
Festivities we offer:
- Pongal dish preparation
- Kolam patterns demonstration/lesson
- Traditional Lunch on banana leaf
- Evening fire dance by village troupe
- Indian attire to rent
We take a minimum group of 4+ at ₹ 2500/- per person
*Cost for children between 6-15 years is ₹ 1250/- per child
*Cost for children below 5 years of age is free