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Focus: Mattu Pongal
Pongal is a Hindu festival. It is the only festival that follows a solar calendar so it is celebrated on 14 January every year.
It marks the beginning of Uttarayana, signals the end of the traditional farming season.
Mattu Pongal is dedicated to cattle, with people offering prayers to bulls, cows and other farm animals as a day of thanks-giving.
According to legend, Shiva once asked his bull, Basava, to go to the earth and ask the mortals to have an oil massage and bath every day and to each once a month. Basava actually announced that everyone should eat daily and have an oil bath once a month. Shiva was upset and banished Basava to live on earth forever where he would have to plough the fields and help people produce more food.
Daily Trivia: The name of the TIME Magazine actually stands for “The International Magazine of Events”