Chief Minister N Rangasamy on Wednesday announced that the Adi Dravidar Welfare department has started disbursing Rs 300 to each of 92,445 adult members in the families of the scheduled castes in Puducherry, through bank accounts, to celebrate the Pongal harvest festival.
A group of students from the US and north Indian varsities today witnessed Tamilian culture and tradition as they participated in Pongal celebrations at a farm in Kaliyapuram near Pollachi in the district.
The departure and arrival of 32 flights was delayed by about two hours from 7.30 AM at the airport here due to heavy smoke on account of burning of material by people on 'Bhogi', the first day of the Pongal harvest festival, airport sources said.
While Delhi welcomes the season of harvest with Lohri celebrations on a large scale, a sizable South Indian population in the capital greets the season with Pongal and Makar Sankranti. Tamil Nadu's Pongal and Andhra Pradesh's Makar Sankranti are both a festival of four days.
Ahead of Pongal festival celebrations next month in Tamil Nadu,former Union Minister GK Vasan on Saturday asked the Centre and state governments to make efforts to get permission from the Supreme Court for continuing the traditional bull taming event 'Jallikattu' in the state.