Happy Bhogi, Sankranthi & Pongal

Sankranthi_Wishes

Can you smell the freshly cut paddy? Do you see colourful kites in the sky and colourful rangolis in front of homes? Have you come across bonfires in courtyards at the break of dawn?

If yes, then the spring season is upon us. Which for all the Telugus across the world means it’s Sankranthi time…

Here’s wishing all ye folks a Happy Bhogi, Cheerful Sankranthi  and a fun filled Pongal.

Happy Bhogi, Pongal and Sankranthi

Folks, it’s the time of the year again when we usher in the new and flog out the old! some might say it is the onset of the spring and the departure of the winter but sure doesn’t feel like that!

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Bhogi, a Prosperous Bhogi and a Cheerful Sankranthi…

Bhogi-Pongal-Sankranti

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Bhogi, Sankranthi & Pongal Wishes

Its Festival time again! Here’s wishing everyone a crackling Bhogi, a delightful Pongal and a cheerful Sankranthi!

Bhogi is more common up here than in Hyderabad where kite-flying is in vogue. I’ve touched upon the same information last year as well so pardon the redundancy. Also, I couldn’t find a unique greeting image for wishing you all, so I’ve put together something different…sample this:

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Sankranthi Rangolis

Sankranthi is synonymous with three things – Kites, Sweets and Rangoli!

Rangoli is one of the most popular art forms in India. It is a form of sandpainting decoration that uses finely ground white powder and colours, and is used commonly outside homes in India. Rangoli can be wall art as well as floor art. The term rangoli is derived from words rang (colour) and aavalli (‘coloured creepers’ or ‘row of colours’). [Wikipedia]

Though I couldn’t spot any kites in the skies over my neighbourhood, I did spot some colourful rangolis. Here are some of the nicer ones:

Peacock Rangoli
A Rangoli that’s in the design of a Peacock that I spotted in my neighbourhood. Ain’t it beautiful?

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Happy Bhogi, Pongal and Sankranthi!

Three-in-One Wishes 😛 Here’s wishing everyone a crackling Bhogi, a Happy Pongal and a Cheerful Makar Sankranthi!

Today is the first day of Pongal and is traditionally celebrated as Bhogi. I’ve observed that it is less common in Hyderabad as compared to in Vizag or in my hometown. Bhogi is celebrated by throwing away or destroying old clothes and materials by setting them on fire, signifying the end of the old and the emergence of the new. It is celebrated with much fervor and gaiety. I remember the days when we used to get up as early as 4 AM to light the bonfire and tumble in all sorta old materials – logs, broken furniture, wood chips, dry leaves etc. Once the flames die down, we’d plant kandamullam or sweet potatoes amongst the embers/coals and let them roast….to be eaten later. Mmmmm!

Kite Festival is the more popular mode of celebrating Pongal here and though I like watching those myriad colored kites fluttering about in the skies, the art of flying them has been long forgotten! Checkout some of them colorful kites over at Lazybug’s Flickr page. One of them is this:

Pongal Kite Festival