Hi Friends share your tradition of celebrating Pongal, Sankranthi, Lohri, Bihu and Uttarayana. Pongal is celebrated as a thanksgiving day in South Tamilnadu. First thanking the Natural source The Sun, then the Manpower who works hard to give us food grains and finally the animals which are used in the agricultural work. On the first day of Tamil Month Thai, we make Pongal using the first harvested Rice. Three stones are used as stoves, Palmyrah leaves are used as firewood to make the pongal.Before that we keep the Brass lamp in front of the house, spread a Plantain leaf in front of it and keep all vegetables on the leaf as a symbol of an offering to SunGod. A bronze pot is placed on the stove and it is filled with water,Milk and coconut water .Then it is heated till the water boiland overflow outside the pot.At this moment we put rice in the pot and make pongal .After the rice is well cooked ,a cup of cooked rice is kept in the plantain leaf and camphor arti is done to Sun.This is the way of our Tradition of Pongal clebration. Tomorrow i will share the the MAATTU PONGAL (Thanks giving for bullocks) celebration.