Pongal, also referred to as Poṅkal or Tai Pongal or Thai Pongal, is a multi-day Hindu harvest festival of South India, particularly in the Tamil community. It is observed at the start of the month Tai according to Tamil solar calendar, and this is typically about January 14.
It is dedicated to the Hindu sun god, the Surya, and corresponds to Makara Sankranthi, the harvest festival under many regional names celebrated throughout India. The three days of the Pongal festival are called Bhogi Pongal, Surya Pongal and Maattu Pongal.
Related to Makar Sankranti, Magh Bihu, Uttarayana, Maghi, Maghe Sankranti, Shakrain
- Date: January 14 2023
- Also Called: Poṅkal,Tai Pongal,Thai Pongal
- Significance: Harvest festival. Thanking the Sun God for agricultural abundance 4 days long
- Type: Hindu festival
- Celebrations: dish, decorations, home coming, prayers, processions, gift giving
- Observed By: particularly Tamils in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, USA, Mauritius, Singapore, USA, UK, South Africa, Canada
- Religious Type: Hindu