We Indians love our traditions… and I’ve been feeling quite nostalgic lately having missed seeing my family during the holidays. Today is Pongal and I wasn’t about to let it pass me by silently. This is our harvest festival intended to thank the Sun god and farmstead livestock that helped create the material abundance. Traditionally this day is celebrated by boiling rice with fresh milk and jaggery (unrefined non-centrifugal whole cane sugar) in a new clay pot. The new clay pot symbolizes material abundance for the household and Tamils in general consider it a good sign to watch the milk boil over as it implies good luck and prosperity. I didn’t have rice, jaggery or a clay pot… No big deal! I’m quick on my feet and a woman on a mission… here’s my version of Pongal: Oatmeal with milk and maple syrup in the microwave. Success!
Thai Pirandhal Vazhi Pirakkum!!!
I hope and pray that at the most difficult moments of my life, when it seems that every door is closed to me, and every step a stumble, the memory of this day will come back to comfort me with the notion that abundance is always within reach, if only one knows how to find it. Now on the hunt for some delicious sugarcane candy…