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" Pongalo Pongal ! " Pongal, means "overflowing" signifying abundance and prosperity. It is a four day harvest festival celebrated by Tamilians including at HERHCA usually between Jan 13-16.The second of the four days is the main day of the festival and is known as Thai Pongal -it coincides with Makara Sankranthi , a winter harvest festival celebrated throughout India. The day marks the start of sun’s six-month long journey northwards or the Uttarayanam. It also represents the Indic solstice when the sun purportedly enters the 10th house of the Indian zodiac i.e. Makara (Capricorn).