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...