Schools are closed in the state to celebrate a popular festival in Pongal, Tamil Nadu. In lieu of Thai Pongal, a multi-day Hindu harvest festival, school students, teachers and staff have been given a four-day long holiday. Schools holidays were given from January 15th to January 18th, 2023. As Per schools notice, all schools will reopen on January 19, 2023.
The Government of Tamil Nadu has declared a public holiday to commemorate Pongal. This festival is celebrated with people decorating their homes, making sweet treats at home, and enjoying the mega-festival with their loved ones.
Why is Pongal celebrated?
The word Pongal is derived from the word ‘Pongu’ meaning to boil. Pongal is a traditional harvest festival mainly observed in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This festival marks the start of what is called the Thai month. It is believed that this month brings positive changes in life and helps overcome problems. The four days of Pongal are Bhogi Pongal, Thai Pongal, Mattu Pongal and Kannum Pongal.
Pongal is famous for decorating rice flour based kolam aka rangoli, offering prayers, visiting temples and hanging out with family and friends. At home, people make Ven Pongal which is made from rice and yellow lentils and Sweet Pongal aka Chakra Pongal which is a sweet congee like sweet porridge made from rice, green beans and dried fruit.
Students, parents and guardians are encouraged to contact the school for updates on holidays. The current order states that schools will be closed until January 18th and will reopen on January 19th, 2023.