Mumbai's Dharavi Celebrates Pongal In Traditional Way; Videos Inside
Mumbai's Dharavi Celebrates Pongal In Traditional Way; Videos Inside
Residents in Dharavi gathered around traditional clay pots and offered prayers and gratitude for the bountiful harvest.

India’s harvest festival is more than just a celebratory affair. Known by various names in different regions, the occasion is observed with much zeal and enthusiasm across the country. From north to south and east to west, the festival unites people beyond their homes and fosters a collective spirit for everyone to share. Recently, in Dharavi, residents gathered to celebrate Pongal in the most unique way.

In Mumbai’s Dharavi, residents took to the streets and celebrated the festival in a traditional way. A notable aspect of the festivities was the collective preparation of the Pongal dish, fostering a sense of community and togetherness. The celebratory atmosphere, marked by joy and the aroma of traditional delicacies, gained widespread attention after a heartwarming video of the event went viral.

The video, shared on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) by D Prasanth Nair, depicts the community’s commitment to preserving and cherishing their cultural heritage. The concept community cooking of Pongal, the festive dish made with newly harvested rice and lentils, symbolising abundance and prosperity imparts a valuable lesson among each one of us. The residents there can be seen gathered around traditional clay pots, offering prayers and gratitude for the plentiful harvest.

Watch the video below:

The video has gained traction beyond Dharavi, with internet users praising the community for their efforts in keeping cultural traditions alive.

A user wrote, “Super looks like a small town in Tamil Nadu.” Another added, “Wow. Never knew about this. Lovely !!”

A social media buff commented, “May the SWEETNESS of overflowing milk and sugarcane. Fill your home with harmony and happiness. Wishing you the best and prosperous Pongal!”

A user expressed, “Our tradition has survived in hearts and minds of people. Even those people who may have less financially will also celebrate the festival with all processes and steps. I wish that all bhartiya may have prosperous and happy life.”

Notably, the harvest fest is celebrated throughout India, with significant observances in states like Punjab (Lohri), Tamil Nadu (Pongal), Gujarat (Vasi Uttarayan), Maharashtra (Makara Sankranti), Uttar Pradesh (khichdi), Bihar (Til Sankranti), and Assam (Magha Bihu), among others. Pongal is a four-day long event.

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