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Thursday, January 5, 2012

PONGAL KOLAM/MUGGU

On the day of Pongal, family members jointly draw the kolam with rice flour that can be plain as well as colored.  The kolam defines the sacred area where the Pongal is prepared.

Within the perimeters of kolam, typically, firewood is used to cook the rice. The Pongal is set up in the direct view of the Sun (East). Traditionally, the kolam is laid in the front or side of the house, but in cold climes where cooking indoors with firewood is hazardous, the Pongal can be prepared in kitchen and brought to the location where kolam is set up.

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