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Thanks for posting this – Sam & Ariya.
For those who dont know the meaning :- Thai = January ; Pongal = Boiling rice.
Thai Pongal is mainly celebrated to convey appreciation to the Sun God for a successful harvest. Part of the celebration is the boiling of the first rice of the season consecrated to the Sun – the Surya Maangalyam – performed when the Sun rises.
Every year this festival falls in mid January. It is celebrated by Tamils mainly in India, SriLanka, Malaysia , Singapore & many other countries where Tamils live. It is more than 1000 years old.
I wish good luck & successful harvesting to all the paddy farmers.
Thank you, Seelan for the explanation
Of term, Thaipongal, the true meaning
We too had a beautiful pongal morning
Right at the dawn of the life giving Sun
Ariya and Thavamani
We do have celebrations of very many kinds
Compared to Thaipongal they are superfluous
Our entire world is the product of life giving Sun
If no Sun, no planets no life hard to imagine even
If a slight drop in the power of Solar beam
Will return to ice age freezing every being
If few degrees or so temperature Goes up
All fauna and flora will turn to an ash heap
Sun is the one needs respect must revere
Earth the cradle provides us like a mother
Every comfort we take for granted is free
Imagine the cost if, put to light & rain water
So my dear friends we have one earth
Abley supported by Sun which is the truth
To use it carefully and most respectfully
For future beings is our responsible naturally
Correction. – ‘last line should read We should be responsible, naturally’
Happy Thaipongal every one.
Thanks Seelan for the explanation. A picture is worth a thousand words. When I look at the picture that Sam posted I can see all the pretty ladies ready to serve spoons full of rice.
Thank you Sam for the post on Thai Pongal,and Seelan for the meaning of this -to honor the most important source of life–The Sun.
Ariya–many thanks for the most beautiful way you so very poetically describe The Source Of Life–The Sun.
Food for Thoughts on Climate Change…
The sun was shining brightly for us here in Ontario,Canada for three consecutive days–which was a rare treat,and then right after Thai Pongal Day, it just decided to go behind the clouds, after wishing us Happy Thaipongal !
We had the most beautiful sun rises for three days,,with Morning Star (Venus) and Jupitor side by side on the morning dawn sky,as if the brightest of Planets Worlds were out there to greet The Sun.
Rajes explained to me the meaning of Thai Pongal,and she was making the Rice,as it should, on that day.
Thanks to all-eagled
Happy Thai Pongal to all batchmates. May you and your families be showered with the milk and rice of prosperity and peace. Thanks all above for sharing and information.
Nirmali and Narme
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