Bogi Festival

போகி பண்டிகை

Lord Indra - Pic courtesy indianetzone.com
Bogi festival is part of the pongal day celebrations and precedes Thai Pongal. Lord Indra is worshiped for the abundance of harvest, thereby bringing plenty and prosperity to the land. On this day, homes are cleaned and decorated with "Kolam" with outlines of 'Kaavi' color (red mud). In villages pumpkin flowers are set into cow-dung balls and placed in the middle of the kolam. 
New vessels are bought and old and unwanted things are thrown away. These old things should not be burnt as per sastra as being done in the modern days.
In some parts of South India old clothes, old unwanted items are burnt.
 The festival is celebrated with a feast consisting of boli or any sweet with jaggery (payatam paruppu payasam, coconut-rice payasam), tomato pachadi, amai vadai, Vazhakkai (green plantain) kari, kootu, deep fried papads, sambhar or more kuzhambu.