Farmers from across the country begin celebrating the harvest festival on the eve of Makar Sankranti today. The festival is seen as a celebration of the end of the winter and also marks the end of the winter harvest.
The festival is known with different names in different parts of the country with celebrations continuing for a couple of days. It is celebrated as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Bhogali Bihu in Assam and Poush Sankranti in West Bengal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted people on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. In a tweet, Mr. Modi hoped that this festival representing nature and tradition will bring prosperity and good health in people’s life. The Prime Minister also extended his best wishes on the occasion of Pongal, Magh Bihu and Uttarayan. President Ram Nath Kovind has also greeted the people on Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan and Bhogali Bihu.
In Gujarat, the festival is being celebrated as the festival of kites. It is popularly known as Uttarayan throughout the state. The four-day celebrations of the Makar Sankranti also began in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana today. On the first day today, that is Bhogi Panduga, people burn all old articles.
In Tamil Nadu, the Pongal festival begin with the celebration of Bhogi today. In Karnataka, the harvest festival is being celebrated as Sankranti when the agriculture produces are cooked and offered to the Gods. A report:
In West Bengal, nearly 16 lakh devotees from across the country have reached Ganga Sagar to take a holy dip at the confluence of the River Ganga and the Bay of Bengal on the occasion. In Assam, Uruka is being celebrated today on the eve of Magh or Bhogali Bihu, the post-harvest festival.