Pongal celebrated with traditional fervour at Campbell Bay

Report by: 
BALRAM SINGH
CAMPBELL BAY
15 Jan 2018

Residents from different parts of Great Nicobar celebrated the harvest festival, Pongal, with great zeal and fervour on Sunday. People prepared traditional food and offered prayers to the Sun God, while houses were decked up with drawings made of flour (called 'Kolam' in Tamil) and decorated homes with mango leaves and strings of flowers. Special prayers were held at the temples here, while sweet rice (pongal) was shared with relatives and neighbours after being offered to the Sun God.
The community function was held at the Mini Stadium here which was participated by villagers from different parts of this region. The Nehru Yuva Kendra sponsored a Kabaddi tournament which saw enthusiastic participation by eleven teams. The team of Fishermen Colony beat their opponents to clinch the cash prize in the contest.
Meanwhile, Mattu Pongal was celebrated with traditional fervour on Monday here. People of the rural areas thanked the cattle, particularly cows and bulls, which play a vital role in the agricultural activities, on this day by decorating them and conducting poojas to them. A Panchayat Samity of Campbell Bay sponsored a cultural programme to celebrate the occasion which witnessed a huge gathering here in the evening.