Pongal Poems: Pongal is a four day Tamil harvest festival that is celebrated in the month of January to thank God for the abundance of harvest. The day generally commemorates on 13th of January and ends on 17th of January. There is widespread happiness and zest among the people. People sing and dance around bonfires and offer offerings to Gods and Goddesses. Whole Tamil Nadu celebrates this day with all their loved ones.
- “Pongal is overflow in abundance or with heat
Abundance is aim but not abundant Eelam heat!
Neither sacrifice today for tomorrow nor tomorrow for today
Off the heat in Tamil Eelam life must go on
On this joyous day let thoughts be translated to deeds
Weed out the unwanted speed up the wanted
So that next year Pongal Festival will be real.”
- “Long before metamorphosis of rocks
We matured Tamils have lived some say
Rice with farming appeared in the land
Life with a code of conduct man founded
Was looking for green pastures
Journeyed on foot then – later
Words and language appeared in the world
Tamils provided culture and made the world glow.”
- “Milk Rice the Golden child came – granting
immeasurable ecstasy in her cooking
Farmers with the beauty of lion dream
a picturesque memory this New Year gleam.
Elevated threshing floor courtyard the face-where
month of January gave love’s kiss with rice share
abundance in red rice and charity – sweet
to the tongue January child glad to meet.
With the plough he tills the land – the ploughman
is the old man ladder of progress of all human.
Dark clouds and sun our life – milk rice
is dream field’s harvested crop of rice.
Red sugar cane and saffron aplenty – flood
of happiness to sweep our country.
Rise, rise milk rice – bring smile
to the face of the poor, so rise milk rice.”
- “Pot Rice to Sun God
Sugarcane to cow and ox
Sweet rise to you and me
Good milk to friends and family”
- “Boggi to eradicate waste and
cleaning the house nice
Pongal a sweet dish made with
jaggery and rice
Mattu Pongal to worship the
cows that harvest
Kannum Pongal for exchanging
gifts and wishing the best