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………………………….. rice for the tamil harvest festival is an example of traditions in food.

Last updated date: 17th Jun 2024
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Hint:A harvest festival is an annual event that takes place at the time of a given region's main harvest. Given the temperature and crop variations around the world, harvest festivals can be found in various areas at different periods.

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Pongal, also referred to as Thai Pongal, is a South Indian multi-day harvest festival, particularly in the Tamil community. According to the Tamil solar calendar, it is observed at the beginning of the month of Tai, and this is usually around January 14.

It is dedicated to Surya (the Hindu sun god), and refers to Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival celebrated in India under several regional names. Bhogi Pongal, Surya Pongal and Mattu Pongal are considered the three days of the Pongal festival. Traditionally, the festival marks the culmination of the winter solstice, and the beginning of the six-month journey of the sun northwards (Uttaraayanam) as the sun joins the Makara zodiac (Capricorn).

 The festival is named after the "Pongal" ritual, meaning "to boil, overflow" and refers to the traditional dish made from the fresh rice harvest boiled in milk with jaggery (raw sugar). The Pongal sweet dish is prepared to mark the festival, first offered to the gods and goddesses (Goddess Pongal), often accompanied by an offering to cows, and then shared by the family.

Hence, the correct answer is option (A).

Note: Another major festival in tamil nadu: Puthandu, also referred to as Puthu Varusham oru Tamil New Year is the first day of the year on the Tamil calendar and has historically been celebrated as a festival.