Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Tamils celebrate four-day harvest festival Pongal; Vice President Naidu extends greetings

Tamils celebrate four-day harvest festival Pongal; Vice President Naidu extends greetings

As the entire country celebrates Makar Sankranti with fervour, we will have a look at the interesting facts about the harvest festival. From this festival, days become longer, also auspicious rituals and ceremonies start being performed. Makar Sankranti festival is also an occasion to revitalize our lives through prayers and reverence for rivers and all living beings. It marks the day when sun enters zodiac sign of Capricorn which is also known as Makar rashi. Makar Sankranti is popular for sesame candies and kites, as this auspicious day marks the arrival of spring in India.

Kite flying is an activity highly associated with Makar Sankranti.

He wished, "May these festivals usher in prosperity, tranquillity and happiness in our country".

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May the beauty Of Sankrant festival fill your home with happiness and positivity. In Tamil Nadu, the festive occasion is celebrated as Pongal, whereas in Punjab it is known as Lohri while some call it as Uttarayan. Not many know that jaggery is a good source of iron. People in Gujarat celebrate Makar Sankranti as Uttarayan and fly kites in the day.

Fairs are a must during Makar Sankranti and many melas are organised in several parts of the country. Thus, the dates of festivals change every year. The festival holds a great religious significance for Hindus and a large number of people visit the Prayag city (Allahabad) to bathe in Sangam (confluence of the three holy rivers, namely Ganges, Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati River). Both these festivals mark the beginning of a new harvest season. Indeed, they are a ideal reason to spend some time with family and friends, a thing which we have lost in the hustle and bustle of our busy life.

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