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Pongal, Lohri, Uttarayan - 3 Different Indian Festivals With a Common Spirit

Pongal in South India, Lohri in North India, Uttarayan in Gujarat and Makar Sankranti in the rest of the country, these festivals are called by different names and are celebrated differently but what they all have in common is the spirit of the celebration. They are celebrated at the same time in January. The festivals celebrate the new year, the harvest, the oncoming of spring, offset of winter and the love and joy of living life. Read about each one here: PongalPongal is a 4 day celebration from January 14th to January 17th and is mostly celebrated in South India. It is also sometimes known as the Indian thanksgiving as people give thanks to the Sun God for the harvest. It is a very widely celebrated festival in Tamil Nadu and has been celebrated for over 1000 years now. The festival has 4 days namely Bhogi, Thai Pongal, Maatu Pongal and Kaanum Pongal. It is celebrated with loads of festive cooking and especially observes boling the first rice of the reason. Read these two blogs to know more:http://www.bitofvacation.com/blog/indian-thanksgiving/ http://isha.sadhguru.org/blog/sadhguru/pongal-significance-of-harvest-festival/ LohriLohri is an important festival in North India and is celebrated on 13th or 14th January. It is fondly known as the bonfire festival of Punjab. The festival holds a special significance for the Punjabi community. The festival also marks the offset of winter and the oncoming of the spring season. The Sun is thanked and fire is prayed to. A bonfire is lit. the offerings and prayers are made to it. The celebrations include merry singing, cooking and dancing and singing folk tunes. The children have their little trick or treat where they receive rewari, gajak, jaggery as treats in exchange for good singing. Read these two blogs to know more:http://eleanorandtheelephants.blogspot.in/2012/01/lohri.html