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Pongal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh
Pongal is a celebration of the harvest, which is observed for three days from 14 to 17 January every year. Pongal festivities are organised as Bhogi Pongal, Surya Pongal and Mattu Pongal on the three successive days of the festival. In certain parts, cattle races still enliven the village festivities. Pongal is a colourful and traditional festival with many a ceremony devoted to various deities. With ingredients provided by the freshly gathered harvest, community meals are held at many a place.