It is Pongal here. This is the second biggest celebration in Tamil Nadu after Diwali.
Truth be told we are not quite sure what Pongal is beyond a 'Tamil harvest festival', but it is a three day festival where everything gets closed and there are big parties everywhere. We went to a big community potluck at Johnny's (he is an Australian, a real Auroville old timer). Johnny came to Auroville in this 1970's and is the creator of the now famous 'Johnny Capsule' - the type of treehouse that we stayed in at Evergreen Community.
It was great fun. It should be noted that we are here in Indian mid-winter (the temperatures are way way hotter in summer). So we are not quite sure why harvest would be celebrated in non harvest time - but we are not ones to pick on insignificant details. At least in a place as organically fluid as India!!!