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Also referred to as Thai Pongal (தைப்பொங்கல், also spelled Tai Pongal), is a multi-day Tamil harvest festival of South India, particularly in the Tamil community. Wikipedia

  • Makar Sankranti

    Festival day in the Hindu calendar, dedicated to the deity Surya . Observed each year the day Sun enters the Capricorn zodiac which corresponds with the month of January as per the Gregorian calendar. Wikipedia

  • Mattu Pongal

    Third day of the four-day Pongal festival. Celebrated on 16 January. Wikipedia

  • Puthandu

    First day of year on the Tamil calendar and traditionally celebrated as a festival. Set with the solar cycle of the lunisolar Hindu calendar, as the first day of the Tamil month Chithirai. Wikipedia

  • Fourth and the final day of the four-day Pongal festival. Celebrated on 17 January. Wikipedia

  • Thaipusam

    Festival celebrated by the Tamil Hindu community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai , usually coinciding with Pushya star, known as Poosam in Tamil or Pooyam in Malayalam. Also observed among Keralites and is vernacularly called Thaipooyam . Wikipedia

  • Tamil diaspora

    The Tamil diaspora refers to descendants of the Tamil immigrants who emigrated from their native lands (Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Sri Lanka) to other parts of the world. They are found primarily in Malaysia, South Africa, Singapore, Arab states of the Persian Gulf, North America, and Western Europe. Wikipedia

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    • An annual cricket tournament, known as the Madras Presidency Matches, was held between Indians and Europeans during Pongal.Madras Presidency-Wikipedia
    • The second day of the Pongal harvest festival is dedicated to Surya in Tamil Nadu, and is called the "Surya Pongal".Surya-Wikipedia
    • The most important Tamil festivals are Pongal, a harvest festival that occurs in mid-January, and Varudapirappu, the Tamil New Year, which occurs on 14 April.Tamils-Wikipedia
    • From 1960 to 1988, Chennai hosted a test match in second week of January and was termed the Pongal Test as the match coincided with the Pongal harvest festival.M. A. Chidambaram Stadium-Wikipedia
    • The main festival celebrated in Tiruchirappalli is Pongal, a regional harvest festival celebrated during January.Tiruchirappalli-Wikipedia
    • A few holidays, however, are based on the solar cycle, such as the Vaisakhi, Pongal and those associated with Sankranti.Hindu calendar-Wikipedia

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