Happy Thai Pongal

By Aarthy

Gecko would like to wish everyone a Happy Thai Pongal! (தை பொங்கல்)

 

Thai pongal is a Hindu festival to mark the first harvest and is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Tamils.

‘Thai’ refers to the tenth month of the Tamil calendar, whilst ‘pongal’ in Tamil generally refers to festivity, here is specifically means ‘boiling over’ or ‘spill over’.

 

Traditionally, the first harvested rice is mixed in water and milk, with cardamom, jaggery, raisins and cashew nuts added, and the mixture is allowed to boil over. Cooking of pongal is (supposed to be) done in a clay pot in sunlight, usually on a porch, and dedicated to Sooriyan the Sun God. Sadly the snow prevents us doing the exact same thing and we generally have to settle for an ordinary saucepan, but the overall result and enjoyment is the same: gathering of family to eat the sweet rice we all love!

 

Hope everyone enjoyed the day, however you celebrate!

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Image from nation.lk

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Gecko Sri Lanka is a UK registered charity founded in the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami by a group of second generation Sri Lankan students.
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