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    • Item: Pongal, an Indian festival By: krishnakomali

      Pongal is main festival of South Indians. This festival is celebrated especially in Andhrapradesh, Tamil nadu and Maharastra. I think this will be celebrated by remaining parts of India.

      But in Andhrapradesh, this festival is popular as Sankranthi. This is a three day festival.

      The first day is called Boghi. On this day people wake up at early morning and enjoys Boghi manta( old rags, tools, logs are


      collected 15 days prior to the festival and are thrown in to big fire).

      People wear new dresses and traditional recipes are made. People enjoy the day by playing the games, watching new movie that comes in TV, discussing about the previous festivals, etc.

      The second day of the festival is “Sankaranthi’, this is the main festival and is celebrated more in villages. Farmers brings their yields to their houses on this day.

      So ...


      • one can find a festive arrangements like rangoli, gobbemma, decorating houses with colorful ribbons, performing pooja to cows, hari daasu, etc at each and every house of the every village. In towns , this festival is celebrated by inviting dear ones and relatives to the home, making various dishes, performing pooja by offering new clothes and favorite dishes to the elders who passed away.

        Inviting son-in-law to their houses on this day is

        a formality that has been existing for many years. People forms are groups and go to movies, shopping, exhibitions,etc.

        And the third of the festival is called Kanuma. On this day too people wear new dresses and performs some poojas.

        On this day the menu contains only non-veg dishes. Chicken curry,mutton curry, fish, various rice recipes made with non-veg , vada are the items that generally appear in the menu.

        We enjoy this festival a lot.




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