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Tamil Nadu celebrates Pongal with fervour

Pongal, the harvest festival, was on Sunday celebrated with fervour across Tamil Nadu, with farmers worshipping the ‘Sun God’ with their agricultural produce.

Skilfully laid out colourful ‘kolams’ (rangoli) on the streets and houses decorated with palm leaves and flowers marked the day as people welcomed the auspicious Tamil month of ‘Thai.’ In rural areas, farmers decorated cattle and farm equipment and worshipped the ‘Sun God’ after cooking pongal, the local sweet delicacy in traditional earthern pots in the fields.

Families exchanged greetings with friends and relatives and distributed pongal.

Some southern districts celebrated Pongal in honour of British engineer Pennycuick, the architect of Mullaperiyar dam, as they believe his birthday coincides with the harvest festival.

In Alanganallur in Madurai district, noted for its traditional ‘Jallikattu,’ (bull taming) Superintendent of Police Asra Garg flagged off the event.

In Chennai many households celebrated Pongal, but many shops remained closed, as most of its workers from rural areas had gone back to their villages to celebrate the festival.

Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah and Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa led a host of leaders in extending greetings to people on the occasion of the harvest festival.


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