Pongal is celebrated in fervour at Mettupalayam and its surroundings. As the entire region is predominantly agriculture based, the main festival happens to Pongal for the community. It is a public holiday throughout the state and is followed by a few more festivals in the consecutive days. This hindu festival has been celebrated by the Tamil people for over a 1000 years. The festival begins on the first day of the Tamil month of Thiai followed by Mattu Pongal on the next day. On the pongal day, a delicacy called charkari pongal is prepared in the harvested rice, with jaggery, ghee and cashew nuts and is offered to the Sun God. The seond day, Mattu Pongal is dedicated to the Cattle when cows are bathed and adomed with colourful beads and flowers. Jallikattu, the bullfight is held on the last day known as Kannum Pongal. Jallikattu however is not held in this region as it is a practice for the people in Southern Tamil Nadu.
Special pooja is held at various temples and locations as below :
1. Lord Madeswara Temple, Kuttaiyur.
2. Sri Vanabadrakali Amman Temple, Thekkampatti.
3. Sri Kulandaivelayuthaswamy Temple, Kuranthamalai.