When is Pongal 2018

When is Pongal 2018Pongal is a four-day festival which runs from last day of the month Maargazhi to the third day of the month Thai on the Tamil calendar, and generally from January 13 to January 16 on English Calendar. The second of the four days, the first day of Thai, is the main day of the festival and called Pongal. In Gujarat and Maharashtra, Pongal day is celebrated as Makar Sankranti. Here, kite-flying is a major event for this day.On this day, people exchange homemade delicacies like til and gur laddoos and wish each other the sweetness of speech, throughout the year just the way the gur tastes. Traditionally celebrated on the 13th or 14th January In Uttar Pradesh, the day of Pongal is celebrated as Makar Sankranti. Here, taking a ritual bath in the river is considered mandatory on this day. In Andhra Pradesh, Pongal celebrations start a month in advance. Bhogi is the day preceding Sankranti and Kanumu is the day after. In Karnataka, the festival is called ‘Sankranti’, and cows and bullocks are gaily decorated and fed ‘Pongal’- a sweet preparation of rice.

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Pongal Dates, Calendar:

Bhogi Festival : 13th January
Surya Pongal : 14 January
Maatu Pongal : 15th January
Kaanum Pongal: 16th January

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Pongal is the festival of Hindu that follows a solar calendar and is celebrated on the fourteenth of January every year. Pongal has astronomical significance: it marks the beginning of Uttarayana, the Sun’s movement northward for a six month period. In Hinduism, Uttarayana is considered auspicious, as opposed to Dakshinaayana, or the southern movement of the sun.