Thursday, 16 January 2014

Happy Pongal..:):)

Pongal the harvest festival is the thanks giving festival celebrated at this time of the month every year. It is the celebration of prosperity and new beginnings. Farmers reap rewards for their job well done and cattle's (Cow, Ox, Bull) are acknowledged for their contribution. Pongal is observed as a day for special worship of the Sun. Everything sweet is supposed to please the Sun God & therefore several sweet dishes are prepared on this special day. It is a festival that bounds people together in one harmonious endeavor.

The word Pongal in South Indian state Of Tamil Nadu literally means boiling. When the pot of milk is full and boils over, it symbolizes a good harvest, prosperity and happiness. As we celebrate the three day festival, we reach back into the granary of our past and revive the moments of a time, when rhythm of our lives was dictated by seasons.
I am pleased to present here a Pongal breakfast tablescape by spreading my coffee brown with red border traditional Kanchipuram silk saree as table linen.

We use our traditional silver wear on this day and food served on a banana leaf with a elaborate preparations of sweet and non sweet dishes. I have placed two antique bronze bulls for the center piece as a mark of the festival for bulls that are worshiped on this day.

Facts about Kanchipuram Silk Sarees:

Kanchipuram silk sarees are always considered the ceremonial  wear at religious rituals and weddings. It derives its name from the place where it is originally woven, Kanchipuram, a town in Tamil Nadu. A Kanchipuram silk saree has amongst the most superior silks in the world thanks to their double wrap and double weft.

They are the most elegant, desirable and luxurious of all sarees. They are world famous & one can even say that they are the queen of all sarees. They are rich in texture, shine, durability and refinement.

The gold in the motifs is incorporated by dipping the silk thread into a liquid of gold and silver. This enhances the value of the silk. The skilled artisans weave these sarees on hand looms, and each saree becomes a unique hand made work of art.

These sarees are long lasting and expensive with their dazzling colors, designs (Peacocks, Lotus, Swan, Mangoes, leaves, Chariots, Crescent Moon) and variety.

Would you like to wrap yourself in a Kanchipuram Silk Saree???? :)

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  1. happy pongal, sujatha! very interesting to read about this day, and the sarees:) your tablescape is lovely, as always,--the banana leaves are very clever use for plates!

  2. Sujatha,
    Your tablescape and home look very charming! Sari fabric is so amazing and the lotus flowers are gorgeous!

  3. Beautiful and very exotic, Sujatha. I miss eating rice from banana leaves.....Christine

  4. The Pongal breakfast sounds amazing dear Sujatha! Wish I was there to enjoy it with you! I love everything you have in the table setting, such great elements, but the tablecloth is a swoon!!!!!!!
    I adore lotus flowers, wish I could go to India someday and visit you! Our niece jusr came back from spending a month. You know I love it when you visit.Have a great week ahead.

  5. Beautiful ethnic presentation