PONGAL FESTIVAL - MEANING & SIGNIFICANCE
Thai Pongal is a day of thanksgiving or harvest festival celebrated in South India at the end harvest season. Pongal festival marks the beginning of the northward journey of the Sun from its southernmost-limit, a movement traditionally referred to as 'UTTARAYANA'.
Also, there are beliefs that the Thai Pongal is an occasion for family re-unions and get-together. Old enmities, personal animosities and rivalries are insisted to be removed from one's mind. In other words, love and peace are the central theme of Thai Pongal.
Here are the padi kolams which can be drawn on Pongal day.