Sankranti (the day Sun enters the constellation of Makara, Capricorn Zodiac), in the month of Makara is celebrated as an auspicious day and the beginning of the Uttarayana Punyakala. In South India it is celebrated as the Harvest festival Pongal, where special Pongal dish is cooked. Sweets, sugarcane, sesame seed, coconut mixture is shared with friends and families. It is a joyous time for young moms and kids to dress up and meet all the relatives and friends.
Wish you all very Happy Sankranti and Pongal! Pongal or Sakranti event is celebrated by Indian associations and at homes across USA.
Traditional Giddha, Punjabi Bhangra and Bollywood Dancing.. Date: Satutrday April 20th, 2013 7:30 PM onwards Venue: ASHIANA at Global Mall Tickets: $30 in advance and $40 at GATE (Kids below 10 years – $10) Toddlers are free. Click here to buy tickets online
Gowri Puja is conducted the day before Vinayaka Chaturti. While Hindus generally worship at home during all festivals, community worship is also in vogue particularlry with Gowri and Ganesha. Legendary freedom fighter and activist Bala Gangadhara Tilak ( from eartwhile Maharashtra State) popularized the community worship. It got extended to all of South India where eleborate celebrations are seen for months with spiritual discourse and performance by renowned artists acrosss the country. We miss the festivities of India, but it is celebrated with great devotion in most NRI’s homes and in temples in USA. It is a treat to watch Bala Vihar kids perfom Ganesha Puja at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta and other temples.
Above: Picture of clay idols of Ganesha and Gowri sold in the streets of Bangalore
Photo From: www.sanjevani.com
Below: Picture of Lalbaugcha Raja Ganpati Mandal in Mumbai