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Harvest Festival in
Pongal is a popular harvest
festival in South India. Named after a sweet rice dish, Pongal
starts on January 14 of each year. The celebration lasts for
three days. On the first day, Pongal is offered to Bhogi or
Indran (the rain gods) for providing rain for the harvest.
On the second day, pongal is offered to the sun (Surya). On
the third day, the family's cattle (mattu) is cleaned and
dressed up with flowers, bells, and color powder. This is
the day to honor the cattle's hard work for plowing the fields.
Festivities vary in different regions.
Some families clean their houses and throw away old clothes.
But the main activity involves people from the entire village.
Neighbors get together for a community feast to share their
crops and give thanks to all who have contributed to a successful
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