Hello, Guys!! What’s up? How are you doing? As the new year starts, it is time again for all the festivals to come one by one through out the year. And the first one is Pongal in South India while Makar Sankranti and Lohri in North India. Though different names all has same meaning. That is thanking god for harvest season. I have come up with “The Ultimate Guide To Get Ready In A South Indian Look” in no time for this pongal.
Many of us live in different part of the world and coming from a complete different background. We try to get involved in the traditions followed there. Living in Tamil Nadu and looking to celebrate Pongal? Then one way you can do is getting dressed up in their traditional style. I will take you through some tips and tricks which will help you to dress up with less effort.
The Ultimate Guide To Get Ready In A South Indian Look
First thing is wearing a cotton or silk sari. I have seen that people here wear more of silk and cotton saris.
If you are uncomfortable with Saree and have no idea how to wear it then you can go for a half Saree from my second look. It is easy to wear and this look can be pulled of anyone very easily. Young girls can opt for pattu pavadai which is a skirt and top made in silk.
I really love the puff sleeve blouse for the Saree. It also contributes a lot to bring this whole South Indian look together.
Go for gold jewellery and specially jhumkas or jhumikis as you like to call. Gold jewellery goes with any attire or color of the the dress you are wearing.
You need to wear more accessories. Bangles, necklace, earrings. I chose to wear bangles in one and watch in other hand. Because I am a watch person. High collar necklace for the neck is all the accessories that I have worn.
Anklets are worn during these special occasions. Those sounds of bells that comes from anklets is so good. At times, I even know who is climbing to my home just with the sound of anklets 😛
Bindi and Kukum is also major part of a South Indian Look. If you can’t get hands on kukum it’s okay. But don’t forget bindi because no traditional look is complete without bindi.
When it comes to hair…go for something that looks good with the attire. I have tried three different styles.
- I have kept my hair half open in first look creating a puff at the back of the head using a clutch.
- In second style, I have showed you variation with same hairstyle. First do the same hairstyle as the first one and then start braiding the rest of your hair and tie a band to keep the braid in place.
- For third hairstyle, I have made a partition in front and twisted the hair on each side and pinned it. While pinning the hair I raised it a bit in a way that gives volume in the front.
A complete South Indian Look is incomplete without bunch of flowers in the hair. You could see every woman wearing lots of flowers on these special days. Malli or jasmine flower is the flower for decorating and accessorizing the hair.
That’s it guys. With these simple tips you can dress up yourself for pongal this year and mix up with the people here. To my mind when I hear pongal. the only thing that comes to my mind is sugarcane. We always get some sugarcane at home and peel it with our tooth and eat it like that. Also, I used to compete with brothers. So if you can have sugarcane directly instead of juice, then try having it. It is sure sweet, fun and memorable.