The Pongal Harvest Festival is a traditional Indian festival that thanks the sun god for a bountiful harvest.
Mostly celebrated in India, Pongal is also celebrated in Singapore because of the large number of Tamil people living here.
Pongal Harvest Festival 2024 Dates & Locations, Singapore
The eve of this day is called Bhogi Pongal, a day set aside for spring cleaning and throwing out old belongings. This is thought to leave the past behind and bring a new, positive era ahead.
The Pongal Harvest Festival in Singapore has four important days of celebration. The first day is Bhogi Pongal, a day set aside for Lord Indra. It is aimed exclusively at the household and symbolises a start to the New Year. The second day is dedicated to Lord Surya where each family cooks a pot of rice with milk to offer to Surya at dawn. The third day called Mattu Pongal is a day for honouring cattle. They do most of the work during harvesting, and locals treat the cattle with the utmost respect because they produce milk.
The fourth day of Pongal in Singapore is Kannum Pongal. This is a day when people visit one another with the young paying tribute to older generations. The local Tamil population considers this a cultural arrangement where they perform, and do shows and exhibits to honour their culture and tradition.
Head down to Campbell Lane in Little India for the festival and explore the unique festivities and daily performances.