We have to say the following phrases while keeping the coloured rice in leaves
(* This specific phrase varies from family to family. If you check the comments below form others you will come to know the different variation of this phrase. But the overall concept is same - we are praying for unity within the family)
After chanting this we have to break a coconut, place it in a plate having beetle leaves and beetle seeds along with 2 bananas. We have to show aarthi around the turmeric leaves and we should pray for our brothers.
We have to make sure the rice kept in leaves should be eaten only by crows. On this auspicious occasion we prepare variety rices and ladies should not eat rasam (Don't know why, but this what we follow in our family and told by my mom :-) ). Please find below some of the variety rices for Kanum Pongal.
|Tamarind Rice||Lemon Rice||Curd Rice|
It is also the day for Cattles. Cows are decorated, their horns are painted and turemeric and aarthi are conducted as cow is revered as Mother. In the villages race are conducted for bulls.
|Mattu Pongal - Cows are decorated and being worshiped.|
|Jallikattu - Man vs. Bull|
|Pongal Festival||Bhogi Festival|