Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

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

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

Makar Sankranthi 2018 Significance: Makar Sankranthi is one of the first major festivals which we celebrate in the new year.

In south Indian states have a sizable number of Tamilians. Past year on the same day, more than 60 to 70 lakh people visited Allahabad. The festival is celebrated on three days with different traditions being involved for the three days.

The festival signifies the return of longer days and shorter nights. People in North India celebrate the day with Khichri, while in Tamil Nadu, Sankranti is known by the name of "Pongal". Unlike other Hindu festivals, it is celebrated on a fixed date, i.e., 14th January.

Actress Hema Malini shared multiple pictures of the different festivals and wrote, "Festive season coming up!" Keeping with the traditions, people in different parts of the country are celebrating Makar Sankranti by taking holy dip in rivers, flying kites and preparing candies made of jaggery and sesame seeds. For most parts of India, this period is a part of early stages of the Rabi crop and agricultural cycle, where crops have been sown and the hard work in the fields is mostly over. Pongal festival is a thanksgiving ceremony in which the farmers celebrate the event to thank the nature spirit, the Sun God and the farm animals for their assistance in providing a successful harvest.

May the Makar Sankranti fire burns all the moments of sadness and brings you warmth of joy, wisdom and love.Have a nice day!

Pongal, which is celebrated in many countries by the Tamils, marks the auspicious start of Sun's six-month long northwards journey or Uttarayana.

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