Makar Sankranti, Bihu and Pongal being celebrated today
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: In Tamil Nadu, the beginning of the month Thai, marking the onset of Spring Harvest season is celebrated as Pongal. The season is celebrated for three days. Today the people offer their harvest to the Sun in the morning. Pongal festival is mainly a festivity that is connected with the harvest and agriculture. Pongal is a menu cooked with milk, rice, moongdhall, jaggery and ghee in painted rice pots in traditional clay stoves outside the houses under the sugarcane pandal.
Pongal means overflowing that is why, Thai Piranthaal vazhi pirakkum is an old saying which means the birth of this month will make a way for things to be accomplished. Colorful rangolis can be seen in front of houses. Festoons are made with new mango leaves and turmeric leaves signifying prosperity and happiness. Tomorrow is Mattu Pongal for the cattle which helped the farmers in plowing the fields. The last day of the Pongal season is Kaanum Pongal where people visit their relatives and spend time together.
In Assam, the Magh or Bhogali bihu is being celebrated across the state with traditional fervor and gaiety. People from all sections of life have participated in the joyous celebration of the post harvest festival. Traditional Meji and Bhelaghar made of thatch and woods have been set on fire amidst chanting of prayers. Community feasts were organized last night on the occasion of Uruka.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people on Makar Sankranti, Magh Bihu, Bhogi and Pongal. In a tweet, Mr Modi hoped that the festival associated with the worship of nature will bring health and happiness in everyone's life. He said, across India we are marking different festivals which signify India’s vibrant cultural diversity.
Prime Minister hoped that Bhogi festival will enrich the spirit of happiness in our society. Mr Modi said, Pongal is synonymous with the vibrant culture of Tamil Nadu. On this special occasion, he prayed that our bond with nature and the spirit of brotherhood in the society are deepened.