India is a diverse nation and food is an important part of the country’s diverse and rich culture. People frequently take the time to learn about the various festivals, cultures, and cuisines. However, when you try to explain it to your friends in another country, the struggle only gets worse. Students and professionals who live outside of their home country typically observe their festivals in some way.
However, trying to explain this to your international friends might be a difficult task. An Indian woman who goes by the Twitter handle “whiskey blues” experienced something similar. The user posted a screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation in which she struggled to explain to her “white friends” that Pongal is not a music festival but rather a harvest festival.
In Tamil Nadu, Pongal is one of the major celebrations. The Twitterati begins the conversation by reading a text message to one of her friends. “14th is the Pongal festival”, Her friend questioned, “Who is the headliner? Indian?” The girl, perplexed by his inquiry, explained that “it’s a Tamil harvest festival.” “I thought it was like Coachella. Usually, big festivals have headliners,” her friend reacted. “Honey, no, you are cracking me up,” She said with a lot of emojis of laughter. PS: Every year, the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, in the Coachella Valley of the Colorado Desert, plays host to the music and arts festival known as Coachella. “When I try to explain Indian festivals to my white friends,” He added crying emoticons to the tweet’s caption.
After the chat, the internet broke into pieces. However, one of the users responded appropriately, with a foodie twist. “Headliner is ven pongal + chutney. Opening act is sambhar vada,” the tweet read.
Another called it “hilarious”.
A person added, “Comparing it with Coachella is even more worse.”
Harvesting crops is connected to Pongal. The four-day celebration began on January 15 and will end on January 18 this year. This celebration, on the other hand, is known as Makar Sankranti in northern India.
This shows how we as Indians have so much to learn about our own diverse culture and festivities. Nevertheless, there is room for learning new things everyday. Although, we love Twitter banters, don’t we? Share your favourite Twitter wars with us.