The festival of Pongal is celebrated mainly in Southern India and is a parallel to the more widely celebrated occasion of Makar Sankranti (January 14th). Pongal is usually celebrated over a span of four days with great fervor and is connected to the harvest, the sun, the end of winter and many more traditional events which have their roots in legend and hinduism.
This article is our archive (or linked-list) of (perhaps) some of the most informative articles on Pongal – they cover the subjects of tradition, significance, legends and food recipes connected with this wonderful festival. Happy Pongal!
Makar Sankranti is observed on the 14th of January every year and is (incorrectly) thought to coincide the astronomical event of the northward motion of the sun (uttarayana) from the tropic of capricorn towards the tropic of cancer. In India, it also marks the end of winter and the onset of spring and the progression […]
Happy Makar Sankranti (January 14th) to all our readers. We hope that you are celebrating with friends and family. If you aren’t with family or friends, we hope you can celebrate online with us and elsewhere on the Internet.
As I was contemplating the meaning of uttarayan and the significance of this day, this thought came to me – and I humbly share with you –
Is today the day we start asking “what can I do for you?” instead of thinking “what have they done for me?”
Enjoy with sweets and kites, and may Sri and Narayana bless you, always!
Makar Sankranti is observed on the 14th of January every year and marks the astronomical event of the northward motion of the sun from the tropic of capricorn towards the tropic of cancer. In India, it also marks the end of winter and the onset of spring and the progression or change (sankranti) of the sun into the sign or raashi of capricorn (makar).