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HAPPY PONGAL!! SANKRANTI!! LOHRI!! BIHU!! UTTARAYAN!!...your celebrations!!!

Discussion in 'Festivals, Functions & Rituals' started by rkgurbani, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. rkgurbani

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    Hello Ladies...

    After a lovely start to a wonderful 2015...this week marks the first festival of the year.

    It is a harvest festival celebrated all over the country and in various other places too. As we enjoy the crisp and chill weather of January, this harvest festival adds in more cheer and warmth.

    A short summary....

    Known as MAKAR SANKRANTI in most Northern states of India. People believe that the wind changes its course of direction on this day, hence they come out on the streets and fly kites. It is a very cheerful event for all...young and old alike.

    In Tamil Nadu, this festival of
    PONGAL is spread over four days and the newly harvested rice is cooked.

    In Punjab, this festival is celebrated as
    LOHRI which is considered to be the coldest day of the season. People celebrate it by dancing around the fire which is fed by sugarcane, puffed rice and sesame seeds and sing folk songs of good harvest thus thanking the Almighty for the good crop.

    The Assamese celebrate
    BIHU at the various stages of paddy cultivation.

    The first day of this festival is celebrated as
    BHOGI in honor of the rain-god Indra.

    The Maharashtrians celebrate
    HADAGA praying to Lord Indra for a good monsoon.

    In Nepal, the Nepalese celebrate
    MAGHE SANKRANTI.

    Well...well...well....names different, but celebrations galore...all we can see is the festive spirit and cheer in every home and heart and prayers for a bountiful harvest in the days to come.

    Friends, through this thread, please join in the celebrations...
    post pictures of the festival showing your customs and traditions of your pujas, colorful rangolis and prasadams.

    MAY THIS FIRST FESTIVAL OF THE NEW YEAR BRING GOOD LUCK AND HAPPINESS IN YOUR LIFE!


     
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  2. Saisakthi

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    Re: HAPPY PONGAL!!! SANKRANTI!!! BIHU!!! UTTARAYAN!!!...your celebrations!!!

    @RKGurbani Sister,

    Thanks for the thread, Happy Festive season to one and all. Will update the Celebration and Activities.

    May Baba guide us ever, SAIRAM
     
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    Re: HAPPY PONGAL!!! SANKRANTI!!! BIHU!!! UTTARAYAN!!!...your celebrations!!!

    Dear SaiSakthi sister...

    Glad to see your first fb. Through this thread we hope to see the various ways of celebrating Pongal/Sankrant in different communities.

    Wish you a very festive week ahead.

    OM SRI SAI NAMAH
     
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    hi, nice contest. wish all the ILties a happy pongal.

    regards
    andal
     
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    Hi All,

    Nice thread, Happy Makar Sankranti to everyone.
     
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    Best wishes everybody....
     
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    happy Makar Sankranti to you and your loved ones rkg :)
     
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    Dear sister @rkgurbani,

    What a lovely coverage of this beautiful first festival of this year with its different names across the country!

    Mera Bharath Mahaan, isn't it?

    Happy Pongal to you and your family.

    May your Home be filled with Prosperity, Pleasure, and Peace with Sai Baba's blessings.
     
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    Dear IL Family,


    I wish all IL members a Very Very Happy Pongal.... Pongalooooooooo Pongal.....

    Please have my virtual prasadam and lets all pray together for a prosperous new year. Happy Tamil New Year to all IL Family.
     
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    IMG_20150115_092142.jpg RKG dear an informative thread, thanks for sharing

    Happy Pongal to you and your family

    Happy Pongal to all the ILItes . Wanted to share archana to Lord Saibaba but dont know I am not able to send the photo. Sharing Chakkarai Pongal
     
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