The central government of india on January 9 2017 changed the status of the Pongal holidays from compulsory to restricted. Pongal is a Tamil harvest festivals. Thai Pongal corresponds to Makara Sankranthi, the winter harvest festival celebrated throughout India.
Thai Pongal festival Orgin may date more than 2000 years ago.
Thai Pongal is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Tamil people in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry, Sri Lanka as well as Tamils worldwide including those in Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa, United States, Singapore, Canada and UK.
Thai Pongal is mainly celebrated to convey appreciation to the Sun God for providing the energy for agriculture. Part of the celebration is the boiling of the first rice of the season consecrated to the Sun.
This festivals is culturally very rich and it is truly a farmer festivals.