Haryana Governor greets all on pious occasion of Makar Sankranti
Chandigarh, January 14, 2022: Haryana Governor Shri Bandaru Dattatraya on Friday conveyed his heartiest greetings to the people of the country and the state on the pious occasion of Makar Sankranti and wished them good health, prosperity and happiness.
He said that the festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Haryana as Sakrant. This festival is a symbol of respect for daughters and blessings of elders in Haryana. On this day, people present shawls and blankets to their elders as a mark of respect and get their blessings.
“Our festivals are a unique and indispensable part of our civilization and traditions. Since time immemorial, we have been following a rich culture of celebrating various festivals, depicting the vibrancy and inclusiveness of our diversity,” said Shri Dattatraya.
Makar Sankranti, which is also celebrated as Uttarayan and Pongal, is considered as the oldest and the most colourful harvest festival in north India. People celebrate the festival by flying kites, expressing happiness and desire to soar and leap through life.
The Governor said that in Andhra and Telangana, people celebrate Makar Sankranti festival for four days during which they light bonfires, sing and dance. They also wear new clothes and offer traditional foods to their ancestors.
Pongal is a vibrant festival of Tamil Nadu, which the people of the state celebrate with usual fervour and enthusiasm. Magh Bihu is celebrated with zeal in Assam. Our every festival signifies how well connected we are to Mother Nature, said the Governor.