I still remember during my school days, we all would be
waiting for the end of the final exams....for summer vacation?
No atleast for the southern parts of TamilNadu.
Mariamman kovil festival comes at the end of hectic
and fearing final exams.All my uncles and aunts come over
from distance places for this festival.So it happens to
be a meeting time of all my cousins.I always think our
ancestors made this Temple festivals as a get together
or a gathering of kith and kins coupled with offerings
People in and around Sivakasi give more
importance to Mariamman kovil Pongal festival than
Thai Pongal.All the local offices will be closed for 2 days
for this festival.
The festival starts with flag hoisting in the
Temple usually in the first sunday of Tamil month Panguni
( mid of March).Marriages should not be held until the
lowering of flag.The 21 st day after the flag hoisting
is the Pongal festival.The next day is the Annual Agni
Thiruvizha with hundreds of devotees taking up fire
The third day is the ( Therottam ) Temple car festival.
The Temple car goes around the main streets .And the festival
ends wiht the lowering of flag.Almost all the people
who lives in other places gather here for this big festival.
Another interesting thing during this festival
is matrimonial arrangements.People consider this festival as
the perfect place for looking around for brides and grooms.Lot
of marriages will be held after the festival.
Panguni pongal festival is so much to us like the
big festival Diwali.