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When is Pongal in 2019?

Pongal in 2019 is on the Monday, 14th of Jan (1/14/2019).

Pongal is on the 14th day of 2019. There are 351 days left in the year.

Pongal Facts

  • Date: Jan 14, 2019
  • Regional
  • Also Called: Thai Pongal
  • Celebrations: Feasting, gift-giving, visiting homes
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The first value which is underline in Indian culture is the faith in God and his supreme powers. In Indian mythology, it is believed that the life of man has to be laid under the very eye of God. God is blessing us in each and every moment. So every celebration becomes an auspicious day for Indians, when people thank God for his blessings.

Festivals are the key stone of the arch of Indian social life. They have been the foundation of the Hindu society through the ages. They are the celebration of life and bring peace and joy to the masses. They add values and sentiments in the society. Gather together under one roof brings human bonding among the people. Thus, traditions, festivals and customs, these are the mental chains that binding our nation.

India is mainly an agricultural country. There are many festivals which are dedicated to harvest and to Mother Nature. Pongal is one of them. Pongal is a harvest festival, it is a special occasion for giving thanks to nature for giving us grains. It holds a special significance for the farmers. It is a most popular Hindu festival, celebrated all over the India by its different names. In south, it is known as Pongal, MakerSankranti in entire north, Lohri in Punjab,Bhogali Bihu in Assam and Bhogi in Andhra Pradesh. This four day long harvest festival "Pongal" is mainly celebrated by the Tamil people in Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Union Territory of Puducherry and Shri lanka.

The harvest festival Pongal, falls around 14th of January. This day marks the start of sun's six month long journey to northwards. Pongal is mainly celebrated to convey gratitude to the sun God for providing the energy to agriculture and to the God Indra, the God of rain to providing the timely rain for crops. The festival takes its name from the Tamil word meaning "to boil" of milk and rice during the month of Thai. Boiling the first rice of the season is traditionally dedicated to God Sun - the Surya Maangalyam.

The Pongal is the four day- long celebration of the year. So the first day of the festival is celebrated as Bhogi festival in the honour of lord Indra, (the God of rain).Prayers are offered to lord Indra for timely rain and bountiful harvest. Another ritual which is performed on this day is called Bhogi Mantalu. Traditionally, all the useless household articles are thrown into the fire made of wood and cow-dung cakes. The burning of all that is old is symbolic of starting of a fresh new year. On the second day, lord Sun is worshiped by the people. As per the ritual rice are boiled with the milk outdoor in an earthen pot which is offered to lord Sun. People wear traditional clothes and sing and dance in the praise of God. The third day of the celebration is known as "Mattu Pongal". As farmers cultivate their lands are depend on cattle, so they honoured and worshiped by the farmers on this day. The fourth and the last day of this festival are celebrated as "Kannum Pongal". On this day, lord Ganesha and Goddess Parvati are worshipped.

Thus the festival of Pongal brings happiness and peace for all. It is a festival when God is praised with simple faith and sincerity.

Author: Dr. Nidhi Jindal

Pongal Observances

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List of National and Regional Public Holidays of India in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2018Jan 01New Year's Day
SundaySunJan 14, 2018Jan 14Makar Sankranti / Pongal
FridayFriJan 26, 2018Jan 26Republic Day
WednesdayWedFeb 14, 2018Feb 14Maha Shivaratri
FridayFriMar 02, 2018Mar 02Holi
SundaySunMar 18, 2018Mar 18Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
SundaySunMar 25, 2018Mar 25Ram Navami
ThursdayThuMar 29, 2018Mar 29Mahavir Jayanti
FridayFriMar 30, 2018Mar 30Good Friday
MondayMonApr 30, 2018Apr 30Budhha Purnima
TuesdayTueMay 01, 2018May 01Labor Day
SaturdaySatJun 16, 2018Jun 16Eid-ul-Fitar
SaturdaySatJul 14, 2018Jul 14Rath Yatra
WednesdayWedAug 15, 2018Aug 15Independence Day
WednesdayWedAug 22, 2018Aug 22Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
SaturdaySatAug 25, 2018Aug 25Onam
SundaySunAug 26, 2018Aug 26Raksha Bandhan
MondayMonSep 03, 2018Sep 03Janmashtami
ThursdayThuSep 13, 2018Sep 13Vinayaka Chaturthi
FridayFriSep 21, 2018Sep 21Muharram
TuesdayTueOct 02, 2018Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
FridayFriOct 19, 2018Oct 19Dussehra / Dasara
WednesdayWedNov 07, 2018Nov 07Diwali / Deepavali
WednesdayWedNov 21, 2018Nov 21Milad un Nabi
FridayFriNov 23, 2018Nov 23Guru Nanak's Birthday
TuesdayTueDec 25, 2018Dec 25Christmas