The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, gave his best regards to the country on the occasion of Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal which fall on January 13th, 14th and 15th January respectively.
In his message the Pranab Mukherjee announced:
“On the auspicious occasion of Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal, I extend warm greetings to my fellow citizens and wish them success, happiness and prosperity.”
“Let us celebrate these harvest festivals with gaiety and fervour, promoting love and understanding amongst all. May these events bind the communities and regions of India in fraternal love and inspire us to work for the unity and progress of our country,”
All the three events Lohri, Makar Sankranti and pongal are harvest festivals, celebrated around different regions of the nation.
Lohri is a popular Punjabi festival, celebrated by people from the Punjab region of South Asia.
Many people believe the festival commemorates the passing of the winter solstice as Lohri was originally celebrated on winter solstice day, being the shortest day and the longest night of the year.
Makar Sankranti is celebrated in almost all parts of India and Nepal in lots of cultural forms.
Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn) on its celestial path. The day is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India and is a traditional event.
Thai Pongal is a Tamil harvest festival. This also corresponds to the Indic solstice when the sun purportedly enters the 10th house of the Indian zodiac Makara or Capricorn.
Thai Pongal is mainly celebrated to convey appreciation to the Sun God for providing the energy for agriculture.
Source : Business Standard