The four day harvest festival in southern India is known as Pongal (meaning to boil in Tamil). It marks the beginning of auspicious Uttarayan which is the suns northward movement for next six months. Throughout these four days people express their gratitude towards the mother earth and their cattle. The Tamil New Year known as Thai sets in with Pongal. It starts on the 14th or 15th day of January and is mostly popular among the farmers. The festival is celebrated with sacred hymns, merriment and worshipping.