Happy Pongal 2020: beautiful designs by Pongal Kolam and Rangoli
Pongal is the Hindu festival of South India that is observed in the month of Tai according to the Tamil solar calendar for three days. The festival is dedicated to the God of the Sun as is the festival of northern India, Makar Sankranti. The three days of the Pongal festival are Bhogi Pongal, Thai Pongal and Maattu Pongal.
The festival is named after the ceremonial Pongal, which means boiling, overflowing and refers to the traditional dish prepared from the new crop of rice boiled in milk with brown sugar, popularly known as kheer throughout India. The prepared sweet is offered first to the gods and goddesses, then offered to the cows and then shared by family members.
But apart from the sweet dish, there is one more thing that is important for the festival: the rangoli. People make rangoli, known as Pongal kolam, outside their homes on this occasion conducive to attract the good vibes and blessings of the gods and goddesses.
Made with varied materials, from special rangoli powder to ground rice powder and flowers, people of all ages and communities sometimes spend hours trying to create intricate patterns in front of the doors of their homes. But if you need some guidelines on some of the most beautiful rangoli designs, we have compiled them all for you.