Friday, January 16, 2009

Surya Pongal
Dedicated to the Sun God, the second day of Pongal is known as Surya Pongal. Representing the plentiful and excess yield (true to the literal meaning of Pongal which means “to boil over”), a special sweet rice dish is cooked in a new clay pot. It is first offered to the Sun God with sugarcane sticks. My neighbor gave me some of the sweetened rice dish and a section of sugarcane for me to munch on, sucking out the juice.

Pongal rice dish is cooked on an outdoor stove like this one in rural areas. As on other days, rice is also offered to crows.

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