Thai Pongal festival is celebrated in mid-January, or the Tamil month of Thai, to coincide with the rice harvest. Nine-tenths of all rice grown in the world comes from Asia. Although different countries in Asia may have different cultures, rice is a common denominator in that it is both a staple food and an inheritance in which deities figure prominently.
Pongal in Tamil means “boiling over or spill over.” The act of boiling over of milk in the clay pot is considered to denote future wishes for the family. The festival is devoted to the boiling of milk in a pot to which rice, jaggery and the syrup extracted from crushed sugar cane is added. This sweet rice pudding is offered first to the Sun God, and is then eaten at the climax of a family festive meal.
Living in a multi cultural society IIT believes that the celebration of cultural festivals where the culture of one community is exhibited to others is of great significance for both students and the staff of the institution.
In keeping with this practice IIT students celebrate Thai Pongal each year at IIT premises. A very large number of students and staff from all denominations look forward to this event and attend it.