cHANDIGARH,11.01.20-As a part of the new venture for Social Health Promotion, Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh organized Pongal celebration in the department on 10.01.2020. More than 130 participants attended the celebration. Dr. Aravind Gandhi, Senior resident elaborated the audience regarding the importance of Pongal festival and reasons for celebrating this festival in Tamil Nadu. He emphasized that Pongal is a three day festival, on which the first day is dedicated to Sun God for helping in harvesting various crops like rice, sugarcane, and turmeric; second day is dedicated to livestocks i.e. cows which helps in agriculture, and also for the traditional sport “Jallikattu” and third day is for visiting our family, friends and getting their blessings and exchanging wishes. The arrangements for organizing the function are done by Junior residents of Community Medicine. Dr. Kathirvel. S Assistant Professor, did the traditional pooja according to the Tamil culture. After pooja, the traditional sweet Pongal was distributed to everyone. Prof. Amarjeet Singh, HOD told that this is the first time such a large gathering had occurred in our department and emphasized the importance of sweet Pongal in relation to improving the nutrition of the child. He also assured that festivals/functions of different culture/states of India will be organized in the department by involving all staffs within and outside the department. He further added that, health is also determined by mental, spiritual and social well-being of the individuals.

He declared that Dr Poonam Khanna will write a project as well as a series of articles on the nutrition dimensions of various rituals associated with Prasadam in various religious celebrations.