Today is Maatu Pongal. The 3rd day of the Pongal festival in Tamilnadu (India) is celebrated in honour of friends of the farmer – the cattle’s. In villages, this is celebrated with much fanfare, but in cities like Chennai, it is limited to visit of cows to your houses. The below picture shows a beautifully decorated cow visiting my house today. In the Hindu religion, cows are sacred and it is believed that the goddess of wealth “Lakshmi” resides in the back of cows and offerings are given to cow that brings you blessings. Like every year, my son was super excited to see this but was too scared to give “banana” to the cow :-)

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