Pongal is perhaps the most significant festival in Tamil Nadu and is widely celebrated by Tamilians, the world over. Now at LLA, every batch that comes in is a group of culturally diverse individuals from all over the country. Which means any festival celebrated here, is where students who’ve never been a part of such cultures and traditions, be able to experience them. Pongal, being the first festival of the year and an important piece of Tamil culture, was naturally the perfect opportunity for this.
Pots were set up on the pathway to the reception with milk boiling in one and three different kinds of Pongal in others. Moments later, chants of “Pongal O Pongal!, Pongal O Pongal!…” welcomed the milk, as it rose to the pot’s brim, spilling over; symbolic of a happy future. Everyone chimed in, reveling in the joy of taking part in a wonderful tradition.