Rice, food of the south
February 27, 2012 • Spiritual Adventures
The harvest festival, Thai Pongal, takes place on the 14th of January and is celebrated predominantly in Tamil Nadu, South India. The festival is dedicated to the sun god, Surya, and marks the beginning of the sun’s journey northward, uttarayana. Tamils thank Surya for a good harvest and offer the first grain to him during the festival.
Much of the paddy fields we’ve passed have been harvested as we are almost at the end of February now. But throughout most of the journey in Tamil Nadu we come across farmers in the threshing stage of the rice production. This unmilled rice, known as paddy, can often be seen laid out on roads to dry.
In one of our recent excursions we come across a few farmers working on their harvest.
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