Falling on 14th January every year, Pongal is harvest festival of Tamilnadu, a southern Indian state. The festival falls on the same day (14th January) when the whole country celebrates the festival of Makar Sankranti. Named after a sweet rice dish (Pongal) the Pongal festival with full of its grand celebration of its rich culture and traditions runs for three days.
The first day of Pongal, called Bhogi Pongal, marks the offering of Pongal (the rice dish) to lord Indra in order to thank them for giving rain for harvesting. On the 2nd and 3rd day, the Pongal is offered to lord Sun and Mattu (family cattles), and are called Surya Pongal and Mattu Pongal, respectively. The main activity of the 3-days running fiesta of Pongal is, indeed, the gathering of people from all over the village to enjoy the community feast.