Celebrate Pongal on January 14, 2012,
Pongal is celebrated in the month of January after the winter solstice.
The date of Pongal usually remains same as it is reckoned according to
the solar calendar that is more accurate than the lunar calendar. For
Hindus the date of Pongal is extremely auspicious as it marks the sun's
entry into Makaram Rashi
or the Tropic of Capricorn from the
Tropic of Cancer. On this day sun begins its journey northwards
(Uttarayan) for a period of six months as opposed to southwards
(Dakshinayan) movement. It is this fascinating and auspicious
astronomical event that is celebrated as Pongal in South India and Makar
in North and Central India.
Pongal festival is celebrated for four continuous days beginning from
the last day of Tamil month of Maargazhi
lasting upto the third day of Thai. The second and the main day of
Pongal called Surya Pongal
marks the beginning of Tamil month of
Thai that corresponds to the month of January - February according to
the Gregorian calendar.
Pongal brings respite to the people as it marks the end of cold winter
and the advent of spring. From this time onwards the length of the day
increases and that of the night shortens in the Northern Hemisphere.
Following are the date on which the four days of Pongal will be
celebrated in 2012: