Booking Formats
TOURS
TRANSPORT






 

Go2TravelMalaysia.com
HOME PAGE
TOURS & TRAVEL
TRANSPORT SERVICES
MAPS
ABOUT US


 

TRAVEL TOOLS
Malaysian Calendar
Currency Converter


 

Malaysia Festivals ~ Pongal


About Malaysia FAQ  States of Malaysia  The Monarchy  The Government  History People  Culture  Weather
 
Festivals  Holidays  Handicrafts  Cuisine  Transport Golf

 

 

~ Thai Pongal ~

Festival Date - 15 Jan 2012
 

The four days of Pongal have there own individual significance. Held in

the middle of January, Pongal continues through the first four days of Thai month that starts in the mid-January.  The word Pongal literally means "boiling over" and  is celebrated by Hindus to mark the harvesting of the bounteous crops in the fields. 


Pongal, known as Sweet rice, is cooked in a new earthenware pot
 

The houses are cleaned, painted and decorated and Kolam's (ground patterns made out of rice flour) are made in the front yards of the houses. The day begins with the making of Kolams at the entrance of homes, as early as possible, in the morning. It is auspicious to draw the Kolams before sunrise so that the sun god can see them and come to bless the particular household.  

 

Kolam patterns being drawn with rice flourEvery household, prides itself on making the most exquisite floor drawings outside their homes. These patterns drawn with rice flour, dyed in brilliant hues It is an art handed down from one generation to the other. Kolams (ground patterns made out of rice flour) generally drawn with rice flour are special to the occasion. The idea behind using rice flour is that the insects would feed on it and bless the household.

 

Sweet rice, known as Pongal, is cooked in a new earthenware pot at the same place where puja is to be performed. Fresh turmeric and ginger are tied around this pot. Then a delicious concoction of rice, moong dal, jaggery and milk is boiled in the pot on an open fire.

 

This Pongal, according to ritual, is allowed to boil over and spill out of the pot. Once the Pongal is ready it is tempered with cashew nuts and raisins fried in ghee. Pongal, once ready, is offered to God first, on a new banana leaf along with other traditional delicacies like vadas, payasam, etc. Besides this, sugarcane, grain, sweet potatoes etc. are also offered to the Sun God.

 

The following day is known as Mattu Pongal or the Pongal of the cow - a day dedicated to the revered cow. The fourth day of Pongal also holds special importance. This is the day when the bond between friends and relatives are re-strengthened by visiting their homes and sharing thoughts of love and care.

 

Legends Related to Pongal

Like many other Indian festivals, Pongal also has a few interesting legends attached to it signifying the importance it holds. The most popular legend is the one connected to the first day of the Pongal celebration when the Rain God, Bhogi or Indra is worshipped. According to the legend, on this day Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan Mountain on his little finger to shelter his people and save them from being washed away by the rains and floods.
 
Another legend is associated with the third day of Pongal celebration, also known as Mattu Pongal. According to it, Lord Shiva once asked Nandi, his bull, to go to earth and deliver his message to the people - to have an oil bath every day, and food once a month. But Nandi got it all mixed up when he delivered the message, and told the people that Shiva asked them to have an oil bath once a month, and eat every day. Shiva was displeased, and told Nandi that since the people would now need to grow more grain, Nandi would have to remain on earth and help them plough the fields. Mattu Pongal is also called Kanu Pongal, and women pray for the welfare of their brothers.



Preferred Link

http://www.pongalfestival.org/
For detailed information on the Pongal Festival



information - details - regarding

 

TRAVEL-IN

MALAYSIA

 

 

View Index

To all

Travel & Tours

Packages in

Malaysia

 

 

MALAYSIA
Travel Guide

MALAYSIA
Johor
Kedah
Kelantan
Kuala Lumpur
Labuan
Melaka
N. Sembilan
Pahang
Penang
Perak
Perlis
Putrajaya
Sabah
Sarawak
Selangor
Terengganu


Langkawi
Pangkor
Cameron Highlands
Tioman
Perhentians
Taman Negara
Sipadan
 

 

FESTIVALS OF
MALAYSIA

Nine Emperor Gods

Chinese New Year

Mooncake Festival

Ghost Festival

Fifth Moon

Pongal

Deepavali

Thaipusam

Gawai

Pesta Kaamatan

Kaul

Fiesta San Pedro

Christmas

Hari Raya Puasa



 


[Pongal] [Fifth Moon Festival] [Thaipusam Festival] [Chinese New Year] [Good Friday] [Kaul] [Pesta Kaamatan] [Gawai] [Fiesta San Pedro] [Hungry Ghost Festival] [Mooncake Festival] [Hari Raya Puasa] [Nine Emperor Gods Festival] [Deepavali] [Christmas]

Copyright 2011-2012 Capslock Sdn Bhd.  All rights reserved.

info@Go2travelmalaysia.com