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President Mukherjee greets people for Sakranti, Pongal and Lohri
Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, on Sunday, January 12, greeted the nation for the upcoming festivals days of Lohri (January 13), Makar Sankranti and Pongal (January 14), says a PIB release. "On the joyous occasion of Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal, I convey my greetings and best wishes to all citizens of India and wish them prosperity and happiness,” said Mukherjee.

In his message on the festive season, Mukherjee added, "May the celebrations reinforce the ties that bind us together as a nation, in peace and harmony. May the harvest herald the beginning of further growth and progress and inspire us to work for the overall development of our country."

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Pongal is the most important harvest festival celebrated by the Tamils in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. In Tamil, people wish each other on Pongal saying 'Iniya Pongal Nalvazhthukkal' (Happy Pongal) or by saying 'Pongal Vazhthukkal' (Pongal Greetings).

Makar Sankranti is an auspicious occasion for the Hindus that is celebrated in almost all parts of India and Nepal with great fervour and gaiety. Apart from a harvest and kite festival, it is also regarded as holy transition phase of the sun. Therefore, it is the festival of Sun God, which is regarded as the symbol of divinity and wisdom. Hindus worship the sun on this day.

Lohri is a cultural-cum-harvest festival of the Punjabis with key features of bonfire and merry making to herald the return of longer days. The harvest festival of Lohri is associated with the harvest of rabi crops.

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