Pongal Celebration

Pongal Decoration & Celebration Ideas for Office

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Just like Lohri and Makar Sankranti is celebrated in North India and West India respectively, South India celebrates harvest season with Pongal, a 3-day long festival dedicated to the Sun God.

Tamilians all around the world give great importance to this festival that brings with it a feeling of celebration, camaraderie and feasting.

Whether or not you have an office in South India, if you have a lot of Tamilians working for you, it’s a good idea to celebrate Pongal.

It could be done with a large party or in a small way, but we assure you, the gesture of celebrating what is one of the most important festivals to this originally predominantly agricultural community will be appreciated.

Here are some fun decoration and party ideas to celebrate Pongal in your office.

Pongal Decoration ideas for Offices

Leaves and flowers

Leaves and Flowers

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Flower decorations work wonderfully for decorating the office, whatever be the occasion.

Use marigold flowers and some betel leaves for the décor of your office during Pongal and see the entire place light up.

For a nice fragrance throw in a bit of jasmine. Use pompoms and paper flowers if you want the décor to last longer.

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Tamilian Sarees Wall Decor

Saree decor
Tamilian Sarees

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Tamil Nadu is the birth place of the Kanchipuram silk sarees which are popular all over the world.

While the originals might cost a bomb, you get a lot of look-a-likes in the market that are equally colourful and vibrant and can add a really classy touch to the décor.

Get some of those and just run them through the office walls. A bright and traditional décor will be at your service.

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Temple inspired décor

Temple decor on Pongal
Temple Inspired Décor

Tamilians pray to the Sun God during Pongal and visit the temple to thank God and nature for abundance.

Recreate a temple décor in your office using colourful paint and gold paint. You can either hire an artist to do it or DIY. The result will look amazing.

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Decorated pots

Pot decor
Pots Decor

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Since pots are such an integral part of Pongal, why not use them to decorate the office as well. In fact this is something you can involve everyone in.

Give each team a pot and ask them to decorate it in their own way. Display them on Pongal and see the office light up with all the colour and glitter.

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Sugarcane décor

Sugarcane decor
Sugarcane Decor

Sugarcane is an integral part of the Pongal celebrations and thus is a fabulous prop to create some fun décor. At the entrance place three sticks of sugarcane with a small pot atop the tripod structure.

Everyone will associate it with the festival effortlessly. Use sticks of sugarcane to add some drama to the interiors as well. Simple and easy to do décor it is!

The aim of the celebration has to be enjoyment and respect to culture and tradition. So make sure whatever you do, you don’t offend anyone’s religious sentiments.

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Pongal Celebration Ideas & Fun Office Games


Keep a Sapaddu festival

Sapaddu on pongal
Sapaddu Festival

 

Plan a Sapaddu festival in your office with a traditional banana leaf meal and let everyone enjoy Tamilain food specialities like Kootu, Avial and Poriyal.

Tamilian food is dominated by rice and they have a large variety of rice preparations to offer. So if a sit down banana leaf thali festival is not possible, you can have a rice festival and serve 25 varieties of rice preparations too.

This can include tomato rice, curry leaf rice, coconut rice, sambar saathum, puri pongal (tamrind pongal), kootanchoru (mixed vegetable rice), kothamalli pudina saatham (coriander and mint rice), manga saatham (mango rice) and more.

 

Keep a cooking competition

Cooking competition on Pongal
Cooking Competition

It’s the perfect time to announce a cooking competition for traditional Tamilian dishes.

These dishes are not very difficult to prepare, have distinct flavours and have a technique to prepare which is passed on from generations.

Let the employees pull out that Grandmama’s recipes and get ready to impress the judges. And it’s a great opportunity for everyone to interact on a lighter note.

Organise for a talent evening

Bharatnatyam
Bharatnatyam

Tamilians love their art and culture, and music and dance are integral to their lifestyle. Most Tamilian girls will be trained in Bharatanatyam or to play the Veena and they practise religiously.

Book an auditorium and invite employees and extend the invitation to their family members to perform for a talent show.

Either take entries on first come first serve basis or have a pre-selection and have 5-7 dance and 5-7 music performances planned.

Invite the top management and all the employees to come enjoy the performances and vote for the top dancer and singer. Keep a cash prize for the winners.

Organise a comedy show

Comedy show
Comedy Show

Everyone can do with a few laughs and some light entertainment. On the occasion of Pongal, why not invite a comedy artist to come and entertain the employees.

Ask him to theme his performance on the celebration of Pongal and invite everyone to come enjoy the performance and organise for some light snacks to end the evening.

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Keep a Rangoli competition

Rangoli
Rangoli

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Just like Diwali, Pongal also associates itself closely with the making of Rangolis called the Kolam. Typically Pongal Kolams or rangolis have a Pongal pot usually used for cooking and decorated with colours.

Engage the employees in a Pongal Kolam competition and keep a time limit. Ask a panel of judges to select the most neat and innovative rangoli and reward with cash or gifts.

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