The day after Pongal is followed by a celebration of cattle, which provide us abundant milk and plough the land for the harvest. They are given a lovely bath, their horns are painted and their legs decorated with anklets. This day is known as Maatu (Cow) Pongal. The cattle is taken through the village with people cheering from the sides. I remember some of my good old days at my dad's village in Kumbakonam, where we celebrated Pongal with my cousins.
Maatu Pongal is followed by Kaanum Pongal, which is a day of relaxation for the farmers and their family. The entire family enjoy the time together. Ofcourse, in today's context, it is a day-off for laborers as well and the entire family head over to the beach, temples or theatres.
There is no greater joy than sharing.