This is a long weekend because of the Tamil festival of Pongal — the winter harvest festival. Friday morning (Boghi) people burned their old and unwanted items which creates quite a heavy amount of smoke throughout the area. On our drive in to the school we could see the smoldering remains of the fires people lit early in the morning.
Considering that the air in Chennai is generally very good we’re fine with dealing with a half day of bad air pollution.
Here is a video of part of our drive in that morning while an appropriate song played on our stereo.
On Saturday people decorated their doorsteps with elaborate kolams to celebrate Pongal. These were a few from my neighborhood.