Pongal also known as Thai Pongal – is the embodiment of Tamil culture. The Pongal celebrations are spread over four days. Thai Pongal is celebrated on the first day of the month Thai of the Tamil calendar.
It is a thanksgiving I’m a at the end harvest season also celebrated as Harvest festival by the Tamilians in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Indian Union Territory of Pondicherry and Sri Lanka.
This South Indian festival, Thai Pongal, is timed by an astronomical event – the winter solstice. Pongal is traditionally dedicated to the Sun God Surya.
In 2013, Pongal will be celebrated from 13 to 16 January 2013.
Pongal 2013 English & Tamil SMS, Text Messages & Wishes :
Udal kalaipu udaluku mattum
Mandirku endrum thevai inipu
Adai inaipadu thaan pongalin sirapu
Iniya pongal nalvazhthukal…!
Pongivarum pongal pola
Engum pongattum magizhchi
Iniya pongal nalvaazhthukkal…!
Anaivarukkum INIYA PONGAL NAL VAZHTHUKKAL
Pongal Thirunal Ulaga Thamilargalin ore Vizha
Uzhavargalin Unnatha Thirunall
Kadavulukku Nandri Therivittu Pongalai Kondadungal…!
We thank sun for burning himself to save us.
We thank plants sacrificing their life for us.
And we thank all the creatures helping us to live in this world for some time.
As you celebrate the festival of Pongal,
with a lot of fervor and cheer,
this warm greeting comes your way,
with a world of good wishes for every joy and happiness.
Hope this festival marks the beginning of a harvest season,
that is happy and cheerful and one which brings with it good luck and prosperity for always.