Pongal wishes are exchanged between family and
friends, and there are celebrations within the family. As one stand on
the threshold of the harvest season, everyone exchange Pongal wishes,
hoping that it brings the harbinger of good luck, good fortune and good
cheer. People wish each other good times and happiness, peace and
prosperity and a whole lot more in life. People wish each other with
words like "Pongalo Pongal" and "Pongum Mangalam Engum
Thanguga" in Tamil. Tamils wish each other to start the New year
with mutual respect, mutual understanding, mutual trust and sincere
There is no age, sex and language bar for this festival. Though the
traditional way of wishing people on the festival of Pongal is to visit
personally. But due to increase in distance and lack of time due to busy
lifestyle, people have taken the help of the Internet. One can easily
send an e-greeting card, free of cost. Further, these card can be
personalized as one can splash a few colors or paint a theme, and give
an appropriate and attractive Pongal greeting with it.
Throughout the four days of Pongal there is exchange of sweets and
presents between family, friends, neighbors, employers and employees, as
a symbol of unity and tradition that is passed down to new generations.
As part of age-old belief and in the hope that the month of `Thai' will
usher in good fortunes, Tamils go agog with joy. With accompanying music
to add to the mood, they knock at every door and receive gifts and
The farm laborers too get rewards and gifts from their masters, called
`Pongal Padi' or `Pongal Parisu' (the Pongal gift). In the villages,
shopkeepers give gifts or a bonus to their employees to show their
gratitude for the hard work they have done through out the year.
In urban areas, all regular service goers are paid this `Pongal Padi'.