India, the land of festivals, is all set to celebrate its harvest festivals! From North to South, the whole country enjoys the festival season.
Here’s all that you want to know about the famous Lohri and Pongal!
Celebrated with revelry in the northern states of our motherland, especially Punjab, Haryana & Himachal Pradesh, this is the opening festival of each year. People rejoice the harvest of crops and also the winter season. And, if there is an event of child- birth or marriage in a family, then the party has to be the BIG one!
The Fun Elements of Lohri
1. Bonfire: The main attraction of Lohri! People offer their prayers to mother fire and start the Lohri evening.
2. Bhangra and Gidha: Next comes the famous, full of energy, Punjabi Bhangra and Gidha. Men and women dance hard on the dhol beats & boliyaan thus, enjoying themselves to the fullest!
3. Munching food: Who can forget food during celebration time! Everyone grabs upon and relishes special lohri snacks like gachak, rewris, til ladoo, and more. Then, of course, there’s a traditional dinner feast!
It’s all about eating, drinking and merry-making! So, get your friends and family together for a rollicking good time!!!
This special festival is eagerly celebrated harvest festival of South India! During the celebration the places turn into a beautiful world of blissful sounds, captivating smells and alluring colors.
Here’s a sneak peek into the four-day celebration of Pongal!
Day 1, the decorating day! People clean and decorate their houses with kolam designs, mango leaves and plaited coconut leaves!
Day 2, Surya Pongal, is the most important day. On this day, everyone gets engrossed in filling their granaries and preparing a sweet dish called Sarkkarai Pongal, which is made from rice, milk and sugar. It’s served in a decorated mud pot called Pongapani.
Day 3, Mattu Pongal, everyone thank the cattle for their contributions in yielding a bountiful harvest. They decorate the cows and bullocks gracefully with tinkling bells and colours.
Day 4, Kaanum Pongal, is all about visiting and spending quality time with friends and relatives!
Harvest Festivals are a delight to be a part of and we can see the cultural diversity in our country too!