Deepavali or Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights as it marks light overcoming darkness or knowledge over ignorance. This is symbolized by the lighting of oil lamps in homes. Deepavali usually falls in the month of October/November.
Most Hindus celebrate New Year and it falls generally on 13th or 14th April. On this day, families pray in the temple and go on a strict vegetarian diet. The Harvest Festival or Pongal is celebrated from 13th to 16th January. Newly harvested rice is cooked with milk and brown sugar and offered to the Sun God before being consumed by all in the family.
Thaipusam is a day of thanksgiving to Lord Murugan for fulfilling the prayers of devotees. Devotees undergo fasting, eating only vegetarian meals for a period of one to 45 days before carrying the milk pot on their heads or carrying kavadis in procession to the temple of Lord Murugan on the day of Thaipusam as an act of thanksgiving for prayers answered and blessings fulfilled.