Pongal 2024: Mumbai Celebrates Harvest Festival Reflecting Rich Tamil Culture

Pongal 2024: Mumbai Celebrates Harvest Festival Reflecting Rich Tamil Culture

In a beautiful display of cultural richness, locals dressed in traditional attires prepared Pongal reciting folk songs, raising the festival mood. The event saw them setting up their Pongal pots in the midst of sugarcane, flowers, and rangolis.

Swarna SrikanthUpdated: Monday, January 15, 2024, 11:21 AM IST
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Pongal in Mumbai/Antop Hill | Swarna Srikanth

Nearly 2000 people participated in Pongal festivities in and around Antop Hill on Monday. Mass Pongal celebration was carried out across various locations of the Sion Koliwada constituency and was facilitated by MLA Captain R Tamil Selvan who continues to organise these events embracing the harvest season and Tamil culture for more than a decade now.

Pongal celebration 2024

Pongal celebration 2024 | Swarna Srikanth

Women prepare pongal in pots

Women prepare pongal in pots | Swarna Srikanth

In a beautiful display of cultural richness, locals dressed in traditional attires prepared Pongal reciting folk songs, raising the festival mood. The event saw them setting up their Pongal pots in the midst of sugarcane, flowers, and rangolis. The celebration was notably marked at the Antop Hill Cement Ground with about a thousand people lifting the festival spirit on the auspicious day. Other areas that observed Pongal on a grand scale included New 90 Feet Road, Kamaraj Nagar, Vijay Nagar, and the Malai Mariamman temple in Naik Nagar among a few others.

Mumbai raises festive spirit with Pongal rituals

Mumbai raises festive spirit with Pongal rituals | Swarna Srikanth

Captain Selvan was seen visiting the spots and joining the public in the celebration. “Pongal is associated with agriculture. Tamilians of various religious beliefs celebrate this festival together without any discrimination. This is the significance of Pongal,” he said while extending Pongal greetings.

MLA Captain R Tamil Selvan facilitates public during Pongal festivities

MLA Captain R Tamil Selvan facilitates public during Pongal festivities | Swarna Srikanth

The event was not confined to only the Tamil-speaking people celebrating the occasion as it saw women from diverse cultural backgrounds mark the festival. While Tamilians gathered there to celebrate Pongal, others enjoyed the Makar Sankranti festivities in the region with similar rituals involving boiling water and preparing food in their pots.

"Pongalo Pongal" chants were heard during the celebration as women prayed to seek prosperity for their families while boiling and expecting their pots to overflow with the Pongal preparation.

Non-Tamilians too join Pongal event in Sion Koliwada

Non-Tamilians too join Pongal event in Sion Koliwada | Swarna Srikanth

Throwing more light on the harvest festival, the MLA acknowledged that the first dam built in the world was built by Karikala, a Tamilian. “Tamilians introduced the concept of building dams to stop running (river) water and distribute it for agricultural usage. Karikala from the Chola Dynasty constructed the Kallanai Dam over the Kaveri River running in Trichy.”

Several people admire the Tamil language and its treasurable culture, including PM Narendra Modi who recently inaugurated the Kashi Tamil Sangamam at Namo Ghat in Varanasi and mentioned about Pongal and remembered prominent Tamil personalities like Subramania Bharathiyar, Bharathidasan, and Thiruvalluvar.

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