Pongal Celebrations (12 January, 2017)

Pongal, widely celebrated in Tamil Nadu state of India at the end of the harvest season, is a thanksgiving festival. It is a way of expressing gratitude to the sun, soil, water and oxen. We celebrated Pongal in school on Thursday, 12th of January 2017.

Students from grades 6 to 10 had a field day, designing the corridors into modern as well as traditional kolam patterns using color chalks. The corridors were a feast to the eyes.

Pongal preparations began much in advance with the support staff buying the raw materials for making pongal like jaggery, rice, milk etc. They converted our new ground into a typical village scene with sugarcanes, earthen pots, colorful kolams, and bricks for the fire place. Students of various grades surrounded to see the pongal being cooked in the pot and they all shouted in excitement “pongaloo pongal” while the milk was boiling. Pongal that was made was delicious and all the students ate it with joy.

Students of different classes decorated the walls with their craft work on Pongal. “Muthamizh Vizha” was scheduled to be held on 18th January to highlight the importance of Tamil and our culture. Drawings and paintings of students was put up in the front foyer to ring in the festive mood.

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