Images: Tamil Nadu celebrates Pongal [Photos]

Tamil Nadu's wholesale vegetable markets have begun witnessing the arrival of truckloads of sugarcane, ginger and turmeric in preparation for Pongal — which will be celebrated tomorrow.

Arlene January 15, 2012 18:15:16 IST
Sugarcane is the iconic representation of Pongal, celebrated on the first of the Tamil Thai month, which usually falls on 14 or 15 January. Firstpost.com
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Sugarcane is the iconic representation of Pongal, celebrated on the first of the Tamil Thai month, which usually falls on 14 or 15 January. Firstpost.com
The city'S streets are also dotted by potters who sell decorated earthenware, without which the festival is incomplete. Firstpost.com
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The city'S streets are also dotted by potters who sell decorated earthenware, without which the festival is incomplete. Firstpost.com
A lady inspects turmeric at the market. The three-day festival starts with thaipongal on the first day when the households offer prayers to the sun god by cooking a special sweet dish. Firstpost.com
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A lady inspects turmeric at the market. The three-day festival starts with thaipongal on the first day when the households offer prayers to the sun god by cooking a special sweet dish. Firstpost.com
The second day is celebrated as mattupongal, a day on which household-cattle are worshipped. Firstpost.com
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The second day is celebrated as mattupongal, a day on which household-cattle are worshipped. Firstpost.com
Congress leaders in Tamil Nadu enjoying a traditional meal together on the occasion of Pongal in Chennai on Sunday. Seen in the picture are (L to R): E.V.K.S Elangovan, TNCC President B.S.Gnanadesikan and Union Ministers G.K.Vasan and Jayanthi Natarajan. Firstpost
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Congress leaders in Tamil Nadu enjoying a traditional meal together on the occasion of Pongal in Chennai on Sunday. Seen in the picture are (L to R): E.V.K.S Elangovan, TNCC President B.S.Gnanadesikan and Union Ministers G.K.Vasan and Jayanthi Natarajan. Firstpost