'Cow Pongal' was celebrated with traditional dance and music in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore with full fervour. It attracted the tourists and local visitors in large numbers. 'Cow Pongal' was celebrated at Isha Yoga Centre where thousands of people gathered for the massive celebration. Pongal is a popular harvest festival in Tamil Nadu. It marks the beginning of 'Uttarayana'-the northward journey of the sun. It signals the end of the harvest season and offers a special thanksgiving to the sun, earth and cattle.
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami along with Deputy CM O Panneerselvam inaugurated the 'Jallikattu' competition in Alanganallur area of Madurai on January 16. Several other leaders were also present. However, COVID norms went for a toss during the event. In the wake of COVID-19, State government directed that number of players shouldn't be over 150 at an event. The bull-taming sport is popular in TN. Jallikattu is celebrated in the second week of Jan, during the Tamil harvest festival, Pongal.
Several people witnessed Jallikattu event in Madurai on January 16. Hundreds of bull tamers participated in the event. Participants showed their skills with their attempts to tame the bulls. Jallikattu is a bull-taming sport that has traditionally been part of Pongal festival. The festival is a celebration of nature, and thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest, of which cattle-worship is a part.
The 2nd day of 'Jallikattu' or bull fight festival began in TN's Madurai on Jan 15. The medical check-ups of bull were conducted before the fight commenced. In wake of COVID-19, the state government directed that number of players should not be more than 150 at an event. COVID-19 negative certificate is mandatory for all the players. The number of spectators should not to be more than 50% of the gathering.
The traditional festival of Pongal is being celebrated across the state of Tamil Nadu. Pongal was celebrated with full fervour at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) on January 14. People participated in large numbers in the celebration. Around 11 new varieties of crops were also introduced as a gift to farmers on this auspicious occasion. Traditional sport of tug of war was also organised with fun and joy.