Pongal (Harvest Festival)

What is Pongal?

Pongal is celebrated mostly in South India over four days, by farmers who give thanks to ‘Surya’, the Sun God and giver of life, for the blessings of a rich harvest.

New beginnings

In Singapore, Pongal is celebrated on the commencement of the auspicious month of Thai. On the first day, ‘Bhogi Pongal’, celebrations begin with worship of Lord Indra, the Ruler of Clouds and Giver of Rains. Thorough spring-cleaning as well as the discarding of old belongings is carried out to signify a fresh start.
Oil lamps are lit, new clothes are donned and colourful designs in rice flour are created on the floors of houses.

On the second day, ‘Surya Pongal’, the Sun God is honoured. Every household cooks a pot of rice with milk to offer up to Surya at dawn.

Pongal means to ‘overflow’, hence the pot of rice has to bubble over to symbolise prosperity and abundance. This is then served to members of the family as well as any visitors to the house. It is a very social period, as relatives and friends visit each other and exchange greetings.

The third day, called ‘Mattu Pongal’, is set aside to honour cattle – cows are sacred animals in the Hindu religion.

To remember the work they do, like ploughing the fields and providing milk, the cattle are scrubbed and their horns painted. Multi-coloured beads, tinkling bells and flower garlands are placed around their necks and they are fed special snacks as a treat.

The ties that bind

The last day, called ‘Kannum Pongal’, is all about the community and strengthening ties. Younger members seek the blessing of the older members of their families.

Landlords distribute clothes, food and money to their workers. Offerings are made at temples even as special prayers are conducted.

Infused with the earthy rhythms of agrarian life, Pongal offers visitors a peek into a rich culture and a way of life that has been celebrated in Southern India for centuries.

Campbell Lane
This street in Little India is transformed into a pedestrian-only mini village with a myriad of stalls offering unique festive souvenirs and daily Pongal-themed performances.

Kinta Road
Catch cultural dances and a thrilling mass Ponggal cooking competition amid a stunning street light-up, with decorations featuring seasonal motifs like pots, sugar canes and cattle.

Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple
19 Ceylon Rd, 429620

Do take the opportunity to closely examine the 32 forms of Lord Vinayagar sculpted onto its four granite pillars, a relief unmatched by any Vinayagar temple – here or in India.

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