Vice President Greets the Nation on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal.

New Delhi
January 14, 2020

I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal.

Makar Sankranti symbolizes ‘Uttarayan’ or the beginning of the northward journey of the Sun God.

Known by different names in all over the country, the festivals of Makar Sankranti and Pongal are associated with harvest and reflect the composite culture of our country. They are a celebration of the fertility and bounty of nature and an occasion to be thankful for the many gifts nature has bestowed on us.

The festivals are believed to be a time for peace and prosperity. I am hopeful that the festival will usher in camaraderie and the ability to live together wherein every member of the society will forge and strengthen human bonds.

May the festivals bring prosperity, peace and harmony in everyone’s life.

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