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Sankranti Subhakaankshalu!!
Friday, January 12, 2007
Wishing you all a memorable festive season of good luck and prosperity. Have a wonderful Bhogi & Pongal.

Sankranti is one of the most colorful and popular festivals of A.P celebrated with a lot of fervour and enthusiasm. It is a harvest festival celebrated in most parts of India under different names .. Sankranti(A.P, Karnataka), Pongal(Tamil Nadu), Makar Sankranti (Maharastra and Gujarat) and Lohri (Punjab and Haryana).

Sankranti is the most important festival for Telugus, considering it to be an omen of more light and sunshine in life. Sankranti is celebrated over three days, the first day (13th Jan) is called 'Bhogi', the second day (14th) is 'Sankranti' and the third day (15th) is 'Kanuma'.

Inspite of the fast changing times, the spirit behind the way we celebrate this festival has not quite changed. I vividly remember Bhogimantalu (a bonfire) lit in early morning on the Bhogi Day symbolizing ringing out the old to ring in the new. All the old stuff is thrown into the fire signifying the cleansing of the house and a fresh start to the New Year. Also during this entire festive season women decorate their ‘vaakili’ (the entrance to the house) with 'muggu/rangoli' and place Gobbemmalu (small balls made from cow dung and decorated with marigold flowers)in the centre.
Another great sight in villages during Sankranti is a decorated bull with multi-coloured attire moving from one house to another led by its master who plays the nadaswaram. The 'gangireddu' is trained to perform a variety of feats and old clothes, raw rice and money are given away to them in charity on the occasion.
and also we get to eat the traditional sankranti sweets and savouries like Ariselu and Bobattulu, Semiya payasam, Paramannam, Pulihora.. yummmm…
Enjoy the festive season and have fun with your friends and family...


posted by All Smiles!! @ 2:03 PM  
  • At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Sadiya said…

    Happy Sankranti Rajitah
    Hey looks like we have celebrated it in advance as we had areselu and bobbatulu last weekend nai??
    I hope the rest of the sweets are on its way.
    Guess what? you have forgotten one very very imp part of sankaranti
    (i am not sure if I am correct anymore) Kite flying, we have been relating it to sankranti forever, am I right???
    Received too many loveletters with those kites deliberately ducked on my roof at that time of the year making it hard to forget it you see, ;-)hee hee hee

  • At 5:05 PM, Blogger Hyderabadiz said…

    Sweet boleto sab hyderabadiz ko hona,
    ekele ekele nahi kha sakte
    Thoda toronto ko bhi courier kar de tain kya

    Wish you happy Happy Sankranti,
    I follow my team member from Hyderabadiz (Sadiya, et al),
    Samajh gaye honge
    Ake zara hamare blog ko bhi dekho na aur accha ya bura, kuch to bol tain please

  • At 6:52 AM, Blogger kittu said…

    Happy Sankranti to you too :)
    Good description. It is hard to forget all the food, the hungama on the streets, and ofcourse flying kites all day shouting at the top of your voice.

  • At 1:37 PM, Anonymous abha said…

    I miss the Kite flying thing the most too. Hyderabad mein toh new year se hi start ho jati hai kite flying - Everyone on the terrace, loud bollywood music blaring out of every terrace, the moment a patang kati ke plates bajana shuru, the sky colourful with all kinds of kites.....oh, I don't want to think about it, I miss it so much!

    Yeah, for me sankranti is kite flying and eating til ke ladoo and puranpolis :-) Happy Sankranti to you too Rajitha.

  • At 11:01 AM, Blogger Rajani said…

    Hi Rajitha
    Happy Sankranti to u and your family.
    Nice description. I misss my home country now.

  • At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Chandra said…

    Happy Sankranthi Rajitha!

  • At 2:41 PM, Blogger Hyderabadiz said…

    Happy Sankranti again.
    Glad to let you know that your blog appears in our Sankranti slide show.
    Would appreciate if you link us.
    Also, tell us how we can improve our content.
    Best, Hyderabadiz Team

  • At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Venu said…

    Nice post with beautiful pictures!! All the old memories came back to me after reading this.

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