The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind has greeted his fellow citizens on the eve of the festivals of Lohri (which falls on 13thJanuary, 2021), Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bhogali Bihu, Uttarayan and Poush Parva (which fall on 14th January, 2021).
In his message the President has said, “On the occasion of Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bhogali Bihu, Uttarayan and Paush parva, I extend my greetings and best wishes to all the fellow citizens living in India and abroad.
These festivals are celebrated in different forms throughout India, but they all are associated with joy and gaiety relating to harvesting of new crops. People celebrate the festivals with a sacred bath, special offerings, charity and rituals.
Farming and farmers have contributed immensely to the progress and development of the country. These festivals are an opportunity for the countrymen to honour the relentless hard work of our farmers.
May these festivals strengthen the bond of love, affection and harmony in our society and increase prosperity and happiness in the country.”
The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu wished the people on the eve of Makar Sankranti and Pongal. Following is the full text of his message –
“I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all our citizens on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal.
Makar Sankranti marks ‘Uttarayan’, the beginning of the northward journey of the Sun. Celebrated with different regional names all over the country, the festival is associated with the harvest season and reflects the remarkable common thread of unity that binds all Indians in our composite culture.
This agricultural festival is truly unique in its celebration of nature’s bounty and vitality, and reminds us of our symbiotic relationship with Mother Nature. The celebration is also a testament to the deep reverence our civilization has for nature. This is also an occasion to remember and revisit our roots in our villages, the cradle of our heritage and culture.
May this festive season bring good cheer in your family, strengthen togetherness in our nation and be an auspicious beginning of the good times in the coming months.”