Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pongal Festival @ Little India (18th Jan 2015)

Google from the website about Pongal 2015 as follows :

Pongal 2015 Date

When: Thursday, 14th January 2015

Where: Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

In Southern India the end of the harvest is observed as a four-day festival called Pongal which begins on January 14th and last till January 17th every year with the auspicious time to celebrate Pongal being from 7 am to 9 am. The Pongal festival is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in South India and is a thanksgiving for the plentiful harvest received.

The Pongal festival is celebrated with great pomp and show and people clean and decorate their houses with flowers and rangoli (kolam) and buy new clothes. This is when farmers bring newly harvested rice home and feed their cattle a rice dish called Pongal- from where the festival got its name, and is dedicated to Lord Surya.

Pongal festival is also celebrated as Tamil Nadu’s New Year Day. The Pongal festival also happens to coincide with Makar Sankranti that is a harvest festival celebrated in northern and other parts of India. In other regions it is known as Lohri, Bihu, Hadaga, and Poki. The festivities of Pongal also vary to some extent in celebration.

A walk at Little India on Sunday after Church service. 

This street used to be a road for vehicles, quite long didn't go Little India already, now they had transform it into a walking street.

A stall selling flowers

Can someone tell me what is this called, understand they use this to carry pot of milk during festivals, pls correct me if i am wrong.


Kavadi (if i am not wrong)


There's a stage there, thought there will be some performance, but saw some people there, throwing water at each other.

Was disappointed not to see any cows there, ask a security uncle, he reply that the cows were taken back previous day which is Saturday.


  1. The bags caught my attention.. Very colourful leh..

  2. Never been to one before. Would have loved to be there to witness how they go about it. Very interesting stuff on sale.

  3. One of the items used for Ponggol celebration is sugar cane. Those celebrating Ponggol will buy and carry the sugar cane whole together with its leaves home on motorcycle or cars.

  4. Guess they clear out most of the stuffs, could it because it's almost the end of the festive?

  5. Good morning Sharon,
    Wow, this festival is celebrated on a large scale in Singapore! love those cute "pot" lights

  6. wow, you got to watch the festival.

  7. When I was in university there used to be a Pesta Pongal.

  8. Good Afternoon Zumba Queen!

    The weather is nice today, cool and cloudy!

  9. How come you didn't wear saree and selfie at Little India?

  10. thanks for sharing, I have always wanted to know what this Pongal festival is all about..

  11. Princess Ribbon

    It caught my attention too, that why took picture of it...


    Too bad i didn't know the time, if not, i will loved to be there to witness it too...


    Thanks for sharing...


    Should be like what u mention, almost end of the festival liao, too bad i have Chingay rehearsal on Sat, if not, i will go on Sat...


    Good afternoon...

    Every year, they will have it...


    I was late, miss seeing the cows...

    Phong Hong


    Twilight Man

    Good afternoon... The weather here is hot, hot, hot...

    haha... If i wear saree, everyone will run away, lol...


    Don't mention...

  12. If you were a day earlier, you'd see the cow ;)

  13. I am not so sure what it called but I think you are right. The pots are used for keeping milk.

  14. 对他们来说,应该是奶壶了吧?

  15. Lina

    Too bad, i have something on, on Sat, if not, i wanna go on Sat...


    Ever saw devotees carrying during Thaipusam, only that i do not not what it's called...


    Should be...


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