What is Thiruvalluvar Day?
Thiruvalluvar Day is also known as KanumPongal is celebrated after the Pongal day. It is the fourth day of the three-day celebration of the Pongal festival and this day is known as Thiruvalluvar Day or Karinaal. The day is dedicated to the Sun God, and it has its roots in the ancient Brahminical tradition. Pongal is a rural agrarian based festival and it celebrates the harvests, the sun becomes a major part of the ritual and people pray to him before starting anything. The sun provides the heat and the energy and without the sun the crops will not be able to grow and sprout.
How to Celebrate Thiruvalluvar Day?
A proper Surya Pooja is done on this day and the images of Surya are drawn and is worshipped. A lot of sugarcane heaves covers the Pooja area. The sweets are made and the first offering is given to the Lord Surya and then the people eat the sweets and whatever other dishes are made. Sugarcane and coconut are very auspicious and it is also offered to the Lord.
This day is very similar to the Rakshabandhan and the Bhai dooj day and it is the day when women pray for their brothers and their well-being. The ritual is performed before the women take a shower in the morning. The women of the house gather at a place in their house and pray for their brothers and then aarti is done for the brothers.
The people who don’t stay close to the family travels and visit their family at this time of the festival as they want to spend the occasion with their near and dear ones. People also leave some food for the birds. Many South Indians also offer the first bite of their rice to the crows. Many people also visit the temple during this day.
Thiruvalluvar Day Date in 2019
This festival is specially celebrated at Tamilnadu and this year in 2018 it will falls on
15th January 2019