Pongal Celebration was made in all project sites of Prime Trust. Here is a brief story about it.
India, being an agrarian country, brims with festivals that celebrate the harvest season. Pongal is one of the most popular harvest festivals in the country. The festival is celebrated by the Tamil community across the globe in mid-January every year. It, often, coincides with other harvest festivals across the subcontinent, such as Makar Sankranti. Pongal is celebrated around the same time as Lohri and Bihu.
This year, it will be celebrated from January 14 to 17. The four-day festival honours the Sun god and commemorates the Sun's northward voyage. It also signifies the end of winter.
Pongal is considered to be an ancient celebration, dating to the Sangam Age from 200 BC to 300 AD. It's originally a Dravidian harvest festival but finds mention in Sanskrit Puranas too. In the Sangam Age, Pongal was celebrated as Thai Niradal in the month of Margazhi. The festival was marked by the worship of goddess Katyayani through fasts and rituals. These festivities paved the way to today's Pongal.
Food and cattle are a vital part of this celebration. According to a legend, it all started when Shiva's bull, Basava, delivered a wrong message to humans. Instead of directing humans to have an oil massage and bath every day and to eat once a month, Basava told everyone that they should eat every day and have an oil bath once a month. Thereafter, Shiva sent his bull to Earth to help humans to produce more food.
Pongal welcomes new beginnings. The festival is significant as it marks the end of a six-month-long night, according to Hindu mythology. With Pongal begins the day of the Gods, according to mythology.
The first day of the four-day festival is marked by the cutting of paddy. A puja is performed when farmers worship the Sun and anoint their ploughs and sickles with sandalwood paste before cutting paddy.
The three other days contain other festivities. The second day is dedicated to the Sun God. The third day marks the worship of cattle. Later, the Pongal offered to the deities are distributed among the cattle and birds.
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Women Empowerment: Micro Credit, Vocational Training, Entrepreneurial Development program
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During the recent floods, Prime Trust along with its partner organisation, Poor People Development Society, Puducherry distribured stationary to the underprivileged children of Othiyathur, a small village in Villupuram District. The children are from Panchayat Union Middle School, a government run school.
Some of the partner organisations, International Yoga Centre, Puducherry and Thamizhmamarai, Puducherry represented by its Directors were also participated in the samll event.
The children were given note books, pen, pencil, erazers and geometry boxes followed by dance performance by the children.
More than 50 children were supported the stationary. We got the local support and the youth of the village organised the program.
Puducherry has experienced 36.2 mm of rainfall in the month of November 2021 causing huge damage on houses and people living in low lying area were evacuated and accommodated in disaster relief shelters.
Prime Trust is trying to raise support for the people to provide dry ration, tarpulin and to provide household utensils which were lost during the floods.
To make a request to the donor, we are making a survey in Francoise Garden where we work at present. Two M.S.W students of Sanksrit University, Paiyanur, Kerala helped to make a survey. They are gettting ready to make a report. Once the report is ready, it will be submitted to few of our donors.
Some of the houses got damaged and it requires huge money to put into its original structure.
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