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Pulli kolam is most commonly drawn during Pongal. It is drawn at the entrance of one’s home. Dots of rice flour are placed in a grid-like framework, which are then joined to form symmetrical patterns.
The Sun is worshipped as the source of life, as it allows for the growth of good harvest that provides food for humans.
Pongal means to ‘overflow’, hence the pot of rice boils over to symbolise prosperity and abundance. This is then served to members of the family as well as any visitors to the house.
Thoranam is a hanging decoration traditionally used by the Tamil community. They are usually made using coconut or mango leaves.
The cow is honoured for the work it does in ploughing the land and contributing to a good harvest.
Sugarcane, which is an important harvest of the season, signifies prosperity and well-being.
When the rice boils over the pot, those celebrating would shout out “Pongalo Pongal!”
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