The vibrant and cultural festival of Sankranti kicked off in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana with exuberant Bhogi celebrations on Sunday. Marking the beginning of the three-day festivities, people across villages and towns came together to celebrate the harvest festival with traditional fervor.
The first day of Sankranti, known as Bhogi, commenced with the ritualistic burning of old and unwanted items such as clothes, mats, and broomsticks. This act symbolizes the shedding of the past and making way for new beginnings. Women were seen joyfully playing and dancing around the bonfires, adding to the festive spirit.
Political leaders, including Ministers, MPs, state legislators, and leaders from various parties, actively participated in Bhogi celebrations. Former Vice-President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, celebrated Bhogi at Swarna Bharat Trust near Vijayawada, emphasizing the symbolism of discarding the past and embracing fresh starts.
Extending his wishes to the public, Venkaiah Naidu expressed hopes that the festival would bring happiness and prosperity to all. Meanwhile, N. Chandrababu Naidu, the TDP president, and actor-politician Pawan Kalyan joined the Bhogi festivities in Amaravati.
The festive atmosphere spread across residential colonies in Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur, Visakhapatnam, and other towns and villages in both states. A significant migration of people employed in Hyderabad headed to their hometowns, prompting special buses by state road transport corporations and special trains by the railways to accommodate the surge.
Notable political figures, including Andhra Pradesh Governor S. Abdul Nazeer, Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, and Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy conveyed their greetings to the public on the occasion of Sankranti.
Abdul Nazeer expressed his wish that the Bhogi festival would burn away negativity and inspire noble thoughts of love, affection, and brotherhood. Jagan Mohan Reddy emphasized the significance of Sankranti, where relatives and friends come together to celebrate with great pomp.
In a tweet, the Telangana Governor extended warm wishes for a harvest season filled with prosperity, health, happiness, and peace. Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy, in his greetings, highlighted the festival as a symbol of new beginnings, wishing that every house would be illuminated with new radiance.
Reiterating the commitment to the welfare of all sections of the people, Chief Minister Revanth Reddy expressed optimism that the festival would mark the commencement of a new journey towards development and welfare in the state. He urged the people to celebrate Bhogi with prosperity and Sankranti with abundant happiness, emphasizing the spirit of freedom and Praja Palana in Telangana.
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