Let us wish each other a Happy Thanksgiving (the equivalent of India’s Thai Pongal). A few comparison points between ThanksGiving and Thai Pongal.
- Both are harvest festivals towards showing the gratitude of bountiful harvest to nature, flora, fauna and other contributing entities.
- Three Day Festival of Pongal: Bhogi, Pongal, Kanu Mattup Pongal. Thanksgiving comes on fourth thursday of November which accompanied by ‘Day After Thanksgiving’ (Friday – TGIF ) and the hearty weekend makes it a rewarding festival.
- Thai Pongal marks the end of Margazhi month and start of Thai month. Thanksgiving marks the end of fall and beginning of winter.
- Thai Pongal marks the transition from Dakshinayanam to Uthiranayanam. Thanksgiving presents a seamless transition from fall to winter (which evolves slowly into Seasons period and New Year)
- Sweet sugarcane is the most sought-after stuff in Thai Pongal. Thanksgiving is associated predominantly with Turkey.
- Makara Jyothi forms part of this celebration in Pongal. Mandala Pooja days coincides with ThanksGiving.
Let us have a small prayer to Ayyappa and Annapoorna who are considered the Gods of food.
WooHoo! As I was drafting this post I got an email regarding a query from the ‘Sabarimala of the West’.
There is a famous saying and trusted belief that “தை பிறந்தா வழி பிறக்கும்”. Let us ensure and pray the Almighty that this thanksgiving marks a demise of agonizing moments, distressful thoughts and events and sows the seeds of blooming bright future and days ahead. Amen. Tatasthu.