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DMK, AIADMK hit out at Centre over reported move to make Pongal a 'restricted' holiday

January 10, 2017 2:01 pm

While an employee is entitled to a holiday under compulsory holiday category, a holiday under restricted clause is allowed after prior permission.

Bihu special: How to make Laai Xaak Khaar Pitha Guri Di

January 13, 2016 2:55 pm

A humble Assamese dish, it won't be an understatement to say that Khaar is the most popular food ever in an Assamese household.

Bid farewell to winter with a Lohri feast

January 13, 2016 11:21 am

Revri, jaggery popcorn, corn Palak and more to celebrate the harvesting festival.

From Sabudana Laddoo to Avial: The best of Pongal recipes

January 15, 2015 5:59 pm

On the second day of the Pongal festivities, we bring to you the best of Pongal delicacies.

Colourful Pongal starts in southern Orissa

January 14, 2011 8:15 pm

The first day of the festival was celebrated as Bhogi.

Fo(u)r fun & festivities!

January 13, 2011 3:55 am

Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated by the Tamilians. Literally meaning ‘boiling over or spill over’,the festival celebrates material abundance in a household,symbolised by the boiling-over of milk in a clay pot.

Tamils have more reasons for joy on Pongal: Rajapaksa

January 14, 2010 3:15 pm

Rajapaksa greeted the Tamils in the country on Pongal and said the community have reasons for joy after the three decade long war against LTTE in the north and east has ended.


Happy Pongal: Colourful rangolis, bonfires and cultural programmes mark three-day harvest festival

January 15, 2016 3:43 pm

Colourful rangolis, bonfires and cultural programmes marked the Pongal celebrations, the three-day harvest festival of the Telugu community.

Usher in the harvest season with these Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal and Bihu recipes

January 13, 2016 3:21 pm

This is the month when the sound of til gud ghya, god god bola will resonate in every Maharashtrian home and every family in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and the northern plains of India will stuff their mouth full with several dishes combining sesame seeds and/or jaggery. How many combinations of these can there possibly be in one country? Lots. Here are a few to inspire the cook in you, and excite the foodies in your family.


South India celebrates Pongal with great fervour

January 14, 2016 12:48 pm

Madurai, Chennai, Jan 14 (ANI): Tamil Nadu celebrated the harvest festival of Pongal with great zeal and fervor on Thursday. People worshipped local Gods and offered sugarcane and observed fast among other forms of celebrations like cooking mush, porridge, curd rice, poli, payasam etc. Educational institutions in the state held special programmes on the occasion. Dressed in traditional wear, college students in Madurai city prepared beautiful patterns with powdered colours, apart from cooking porridge and other delicacies on the festival. Meanwhile, sugarcane markets remained abuzz in capital Chennai city as people thronged the markets to buy the festival essential.

Amit Shah celebrates Makar Sankranti

January 14, 2016 10:08 am

Ahmedabad, Jan 14 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Thursday celebrated Makar Sankranti and flew kites on the occasion. Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival celebrated over India and Nepal on the joy of getting new crops for farmers. Makar Sankranti is observed with various names in different regions of India; Pongal in Tamil, Lohri in Punjab, Uttarayan in Gujarat.

Pilgrims take holy dip at Triveni Sangam

January 13, 2016 5:56 am

Allahabad, Jan 13 (ANI): Ahead of Makar Sankranti, a large numbers of pilgrims have started taking holy dips at the Triveni Sangam in Allahabad since early Wednesday morning. Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious festivals celebrated with tartness on 14th January every year across India. Makar Sankranti is observed with various names in different regions of India, Pongal in Tamil, Lohri in Punjab, Uttarayan in Gujrat, Maghi and Khichdi are some other names of the same festival.