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Happy Pongal 2012!

Hello All!!!

Its atinytoes wishing you all a happy and prosperous Pongal 🙂 🙂 🙂

I am going to celebrated all the four days and let me meet you all on 18th 🙂 Take care and Enjoy 🙂

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Four Days of Pongal Celebrations

Day One – Bhogi
The celebrations of Pongal festival start with Bhogi/Bogi, which usually falls on 13th of January. One day prior to Bhogi, the households are clean, so that the premises become pious for the celebrations. People wake up early in the morning, take bath and make beautiful designs of kolam at the verandah of their home. On this day, people worship Sun God and agricultural equipments that are used to cut the crop. Thereafter, they would use the equipments to cut their paddy crop, which would ready to harvest. On Bhogi, people throw unwanted and old materials into fire, which symbolizes the end of old things and the beginning of the new.
Day Two – Surya Pongal
The second day is the main day of Pongal festival and is celebrated as Surya Pongal. On this day, people wake up early in the morning, take bath and worship Sun God. Women would draw beautiful kolam at the entrance of their house. New rice, which was harvested in the previous day, is cooked on Surya Pongal. A new clay pot is used for the purpose. The rice is cooked with milk and jaggery, over the stove, in an open area.
The Pongal thus made is offered to Sun God. The rice-milk-jaggery mixture is allowed to boil well, until the rice falls. This is termed as Pongal. When the boiled Pongal overflows the pot, people would say loudly ‘Pongalo Pongal’! After the Pongal is offered to Sun God, people would relish on several Pongal dishes that are prepared especially for the day and then greet each other, wishing a very happy Pongal.

Day Three – Mattu Pongal
Mattu Pongal is the third day of the festival. This day is dedicated to farm animals including cow and ox, because they help the farmers to raise a crop and harvest it, successfully. On Mattu Pongal, the farm animals are bathed and then adorned in a beautiful way. Their horns are often painted and garland is wrapped around the horns. After applying tilak on the forehead of the cattle, people would offer Pongal to the animal. The farmers often take their farm animals for a round in the entire village.
Day Four – Kaanum Pongal
The fourth and the last day of Pongal is known as Kaanum Pongal. In some parts of Tamil Nadu, Kaanum Pongal is also known as Karinaal. Sun God is worshipped on the day and people offer food along with Sarkarai Pongal. Sugarcane is offered to the deity as well as exchange among people to symbolize sweetness and joy in life. Kaanum Pongal is the time for people to pay visits to their loved ones and faraway acquaintances. Pongal songs and folk dances are performed by people, on Kaanum Pongal.

Diwali Bash!!!

Hello guys!

Sorry for not updating my Prep’s for Diwali! Got some prob’s in updating it… Will update it soon!

This post is especially for Diwali bash at our home… The whole day of Diwali is been given in this post… 🙂

Once when the day has arouse i was late as-usual but its none other like the normal days… Its DIWALI!!!

I just got up from my bed and took oil bath and had a quick dry up and was ready for a visit to the nearby Temple 🙂 Meanwhile my sisters got ready too and I was excited how the day is gonna move 🙂 We were wearing our Diwali Dresses though 🙂 We started to temple around 6.30 A.M and drove for a 15 mins and reached the temple…

For our disappointment we could find only a very few lazy guys like us wandering around the temple and there was no pandits as its been late they have completed their pooja’s and went back 😦 So we just had a quich prayer without any rituals and had to return half-hearten which made me a bit upset too…

Coming home after a disappointed darshan i had to visit my Uncle’s home  which is quiet far from my home. So we three sisters had the breakfast with Idly, 2 type of Chutney, Sambar, and Sweet Pongal (Traditional food for each festive breakfast). Then with few munchies with Muruku and Laddu we had to finish our breakfast and got ready to move for our uncle’s home at 10.30 A.M.

Its really a hard experience travelling around on Diwali day as we could find everyone bursting crackers on streets and need a very careful attention on each of our move in making sure there is no cracker on the road. Ufff! After a big troubled driving for 25mins we reached our uncle’s home and gave our sweets and murukus to them had few of their sweets with chit-chatting and alas! it started raining… The rain lasted for about 2 hours which kept us locked in our uncle’s home itself…

When the rain slowed down we started back to home. It was more difficult to ride in wet surface when there is a pile of sand on the road side. In such a difficult turn we got slipped off and had a fall 😦 My sisters were not injured but on the other side i was injured so bad that i cant even move my legs due to the heavy weight of my scooty which was on my leg. A few people rushed in to help us as my sisters can’t lift up the vehicle. They helped me out and my legs were trembling with pain and fear. I was keen in inquiring my sisters if they are ok. After few minutes of rest we started back home which a few streets was nearer. With much of strain I managed to drive back to home without any problems…

It was a bad Diwali i thought… After reaching home i got tons of scoldings from my parents and had a pain killer and an injection in the nearby doctor’s house. I had to take a complete rest for the whole day. But how could i?? Its Diwali and i have to watch out many new program’s that is been telecasted. But failing in my arguments i had a cup of juice and went for sleep till evening 5 P.M…

With few snacks i started watching the programme and by the end of 7 P.M its time to celebrate our Diwali with Crackers! My sisters compelled me to come out and crackle few crackers. But due to heavy pain on my leg i was not able to crackle but i enjoyed watching my sisters and neighbors and their kids enjoying the day 🙂 I have added few shots of this Diwali Cracklings 🙂 🙂 🙂

Finally got back home to watch over the program’s around 9 P.M and one of my sister suddenly had a feeling of applying Mehendi…  So i had to apply her Mehendi just a little which soothed her as she started crying when i said am tired and can’t apply…

This was taken on the next Morning

Then had our dinner with Non-Vegetarian foods like Fish fry, Chicken gravy with rotti’s and chapatis.

Thus my Diwali ended up with a messy as well as quiet enjoyable one 🙂 🙂 🙂

Note: Since it was raining the whole night i was unable to put Rangoli’s which was one of the most saddest part of this Diwali :(. The clarity of my mobile might be quiet less during night time so do adjust with the picture clarity 🙂

Function for Gods !!!

A few days before i happened to pass by a temple where they celebrated a grand festival for the God of that temple. Its a custom in Tamilnadu to celebrate once a year for the God in particular temple. Probably there will be a temple for each street which will be of mostly Lord Ganesha temple. He is too famous here 😀 So when i was driving i just saw this banner kept for the God and liked to click a picture. It wasn’t clear as my Mobile doesn’t support flash during night times 😦 So it wasn’t clear. After a series of pictures i found this particular one a bit okay for its display in my blog 🙂

Temple – Black & White Week

Am not used to visit the temple and the God in their places. Will just be having a glance and a short note of prayer when i happened to pass by the temple. But i realized how it felt to be a devotee to the God in his own name and obtain the peace and serenity in life as we have peace and silence in the Temples. When am obsessed with a lot of trouble i had few opportunity to visit a nearby temple which gave me a feeling of peacefulness which i lacked to be sensing it for a very long years 🙂 God really helps people 🙂 I do believe in God 🙂 🙂 🙂

This picture was taken by me in on a Bangalore visit. I don’t remember the name of the temple but quiet remember that the temple was quiet a heavenly experience with so much of peace and calmness prevailing around 🙂 🙂 🙂