Harvest Festival at GPN

Bangalore – Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated in India at the end of the harvest season. It is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Tamil people in Tamil Nadu. In Tamil, the word Pongal means “overflowing” which signifies abundance and prosperity. It is the celebration of the farmers in order to thank God for the fruitful harvest of the year. Besides God they also thank the sun and the bulls who worked the crops. On the day of Pongal, at sunrise, there is a symbolic ritual of boiling fresh milk in new clay pots. When the milk boils over and bubbles out of the vessel, people shout, “Pongalo Pongal!” Joining with the farmers of the state, Guanella Preethi Nivas also celebrated Pongal on January 15th by thanking God for the fruitful results of all our works. In the morning as one family, Oratory children, the fathers, brothers, beloved grandpas, lay people and staff celebrated Pongal. With grateful hearts the community gathered before the Lord and offered Holy Mass; praying for farmers and workers all over the world. Later there was a volleyball match between the brothers and everyone enjoyed eating the Pongal rice, black sugar cane and other Pongal specialties. The celebration came to an end with the final blessing of the Administrator, Fr. A.P. Samy. Bangalore pongal 2 Bangalore pongal 1

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