Pongal is an important harvest festival of Tamil Nadu and Kaanum Pongal is celebrated as the last and fourth day of the Pongal festivities. The celebrations of Pongal come to an end with Kaanum Pongal. Kaanum Pongal is an ancient festival for the Tamils and it is celebrated on the third day of month of ‘Thai’ in the Tamil calendar. Kaanum Pongal is also acknowledged as ‘Thiruvalluvar Day’ in remembrance of the great Tamil philosopher and poet named ‘Thiruvalluvar’. Kaanum Pongal is the day of relaxation and enjoyment and people spend time by socializing or visiting each other’s house. In Andhra Pradesh Kaanum Pongal is celebrated as ‘Mukkanuma’ and is observed by worshipping cattle.

Kaanum Pongal 2017 was on January 14 Saturday

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Kaanum Pongal

Kaanum Pongal

Rituals during Kaanum Pongal:

  • On the day of Kaanum Pongal, devotees clean their homes and decorate it with ‘kolam’. On this day, Kolam of Sun God is drawn as the prime deity in the month of Thai is Sun God. Special puja is done and Sarkarai Pongal is made as offering to Sun God.
  • The most important event observed on Kaanum Pongal is visiting the banks of River Kaveri. It is celebrated with friends and families just like ‘Bhai Dhuj’ and ‘Raksha Bandhan’. A scrumptious meal is prepared on this day. People pack lunches and then enjoy it with their families on the bank of Kaveri River. In some places, special prayers and pujas are offered to Mother Kaveri.
  • ‘Kumi patu’ or ‘Kummippatu’ is another ritual observed on Kaanum Pongal. This ritual is very predominant in the rural areas of Tamil Nadu and is done for speedy marriage of young girls whose marriages are delayed for some reasons. During Kumi Patu, the girl is made to sit in the middle of the circle and women dance around her to the tunes of Kumi patu.
  • The festival of Kaanum is the Tamil way of celebrating Brother’s Day. On this day women feed the birds with rice and pray for the prosperity of their brothers. This ritual is known as ‘Kanu’. Sisters also visit the home of their brothers to inquire about their well-being. Women also eat food made on the previous day for long life and well being of their brothers.
  • Kaanum Pongal is the day of merriment. People visit each other’s home and mingle freely even with strangers. New relationships are initiated and on Kaanum Pongal people believe it auspicious to make marriage proposals.
  • On the day of Kaanum Pongal, brothers give gifts to their married sisters in exchange of love. Landlords also give gits in the form of money, clothes and food to their tenants. The younger’s in the family pay their respect to elders and get a token of money as blessings in return.
  • In the state of Andhra Pradesh, this day is celebrated by worshipping cattles. This day is the favourite day for non-vegetarians as people abstain from eating non-vegetarian food on the first three days of Pongal and save it for the last day.

Important Timings On Kaanum Pongal

Sunrise14-Jan-2017 07:14 AM
Sunset14-Jan-2017 17:57 PM
Sankranti Moment14-Jan-2017 07:41 AM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Related Events

Pongal2017 Jan 14 Saturday
Bhogi2017 Jan 13 Friday
Mattu Pongal2017 Jan 15 Sunday

Significance of Kaanum Pongal:

Kaanum Pongal marks the end of the Pongal celebrations. The word ‘kaanum’ in Tamil means ‘to visit’ and so on the day of Kaanum Pongal families hold reunions. There is also a tradition of presenting gifts to one another as a token of love. Since Kaanum Pongal is the day of socializing, parks, zoos, theatres, beaches, wildlife sanctuaries and other tourist destinations remain extremely crowded on this day. In Tamil Nadu, Kaanum Pongal is also referred as ‘Virgin Pongal’ as it is enthusiastically celebrated by unmarried girls.

Kaanum Pongal festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Thursday, 16th of January
2015Saturday, 17th of January
2016Sunday, 17th of January
2017Monday, 16th of January
2018Tuesday, 16th of January
2019Thursday, 17th of January
2020Friday, 17th of January
2021Saturday, 16th of January
2022Sunday, 16th of January
2023Tuesday, 17th of January
2024Wednesday, 17th of January
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