Makar Sankranti or Pongal is the season for Rangoli designs. We would love to draw rangoli designs or patterns to welcome Sankranti Lakshmi or the crop we yield during the rainy and winter seasons.
Kanuma is celebrated next day of Sankranti. Hope you all know Govardhana Puja or Go puja (worship of cows) is the major ritual during Kanuma. It is believed that Lord Sri Krishna was lifted the Govardhana parvatham (Mount Govardhan) to save the farmers and people of Gokulam.
Every festival In India have different colors, prayers, sweets and old unique rituals. Pongal is the great Indian harvest festival, celebrated every year in mid January. People decorate their house with kites, sugarcane and rangoli. we try to put beautiful Rangoli in front of our house. We can spend hours together with our family members to decide the designs and colors isnt?. There will be meetings, will go on for hours with all our neighbours to decide upon the designs and the colors. In my childhood days we used to fight a lot for colors and designs but if you see, actually those fights add more fun:-). Rangoli preparation starts at late in the night and it ends in next day morning. The only available lights are street lights and extra few candles. We used to mix more than two colors to get new shades but you know what, you will get to see the actual results only in the next day morning. We must have thought its blue but it would have been turned to be red in color hehe. All the fights that happened just wither soon once we get to see the final colorful rangoli. The best part is going to each and every streets and gazing at the beautiful and traditional rangoli designs.
Now a days we get into bed after long hrs at office and we watch television until we fall asleep. In present city culture there is absolutely no fun in celeberating such traditional festivals. Wishing you all have loads of fun in this 2012 pongal holidays and Happy pongal.