The most popular and widely celebrated South Indian festival is just around the corner. Pongal is a very important four day long harvest festival grandly celebrated in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is the auspicious beginning of Uttarayan – the Sun’s six month long journey northwards. The Sun, the Earth and the cattle are worshipped on this day as a thanksgiving for an abundant harvest. Pongal is celebrated in the month of Thai (January- February) during which rice, cotton, mustard, sugar-cane and other cereals are harvested.
The word Pongal has two meanings: Pongal is the name of the dish cooked on this day and Ponga means “to overflow”. “Thai pirandhal vazhi pirakkum” - it is believed that all one’s problems will be solved and that good things will come this month. It also signifies the start of the wedding season for the year.
Colors for this festive season:
Red: This color stands for Purity. The most adorned color for weddings is Red. It also associates with strength, courage, optimism and love. Red is a shout out at weddings because it’s bold and bright.
Blue: Blue is the favorite color for everyone. The dark shade of blue signifies trust, intelligence, cleanliness, dependability and authority.
Light blue stands for peace and serenity. Blue looks beautiful for any event. Morning or Evening, blue is definitely a favourite!
Marigold: Marigolds are known as the “Herb of the sun”. A rich and vibrant yellow or a mix of orange and yellow. This color is so beautiful and traditional. This color is named after the flower Marigold and it signifies passion and creativity.
Green: Green stands for nature. This is the perfect color for this harvest season. Green enhances the mood and signifies happiness and a new beginning. Pongal being the harvest festival that is celebrated widely in South India, green is the perfect color for this season!
Some of the rituals are cleaning the house, exchanging gifts and wearing new clothes. Men go for Dhoti sets and women wear lehenga or sarees. Pothys has the best new collection in for this Pongal - a wide range of silk sarees and colorful lehengas. So it is time to shop for some gifts and new clothes! Visit our store or log in www.pothys.com to make sure that you get the best for this Pongal!