This is a harvest festival dedicated to the Sun God celebrated in Tamil Nadu as Pongal.
It is celebrated as Pedda Pandaga in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana, Sukarat in central India, Magh Bihu by Assamese and is most commonly referred as Makara Sankranthi throughout India. Pongal is mainly celebrated to convey appreciation to the Sun for a successful harvest. Part of the celebration is the boiling of the first rice of the season consecrated to the Sun in the form of a sweet dish also called ‘Pongal’ which is served on a banana leaf.
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