In India Thai Pongal is no more a public Holiday
People availed compulsory holidays on Pongal but from now on the status of the Pongal holiday has been changed to "restricted" by the government.
Thai Pongal falls on the first day of the month of Thai (January) on the Tamil traditional calendar, which normally lands in somewhere between January 13th and 16th on the Western calendar.
Tamil Thai Pongal marks the beginning of the six-month period during which the sun moves northward relative to the Equator. It also is the day on which the sun is thought to enter the “tenth house” on its path along the Hindu zodiac
The festival, which involves feasting, visiting relatives, and giving out gifts, is one of the most cherished of all Tamil holidays and has been celebrated for at least 1,000 years.
Pongal is a harvest and thanksgiving festival marks the beginning of spring and the end of the traditional farming season.
It celebrated with great pomp and fervor in the state, but the Indian central government on January 9 changed the status of the Pongal holidays from compulsory to restricted.
People earlier availed a compulsory off on the occasion of Pongal. However, from now on, it would be considered as a restricted holiday.
Restricted holidays basically mean only the people related to the particular festival could avail an off or a holiday on that day. The reason of the decision has not been ascertained as yet.
This year, the main Pongal day falls on January 15. The government officials earlier used to get a 3 days off during Pongal every year.
- Asian Tribune -