Sankranti, Jan 14: India is celebrating its harvest festivals as the auspicious Uttarayan period sets in, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the nation on Makar Sankranti, Pongal, and Maghi Bihu.

Makar Sankranti is marked with enthusiasm in several parts of India. This auspicious festival illustrates India’s diversity and the vibrancy of our traditions. It also reaffirms the importance of respecting Mother Nature,” PM Modi tweeted. The Prime Minister wished his “Tamil sisters and brothers” on Pongal. Today is the main day of the four-day Pongal festival.

Makar Sankranti is marked with enthusiasm in several parts of India. This auspicious festival illustrates India’s diversity and the vibrancy of our traditions. It also reaffirms the importance of respecting Mother Nature.

Magh Bihu wishes to everyone. May the coming times be filled with happiness. With the blessings of Almighty may there be brotherhood and wellness all around,” PM Modi wished the people of Assam where Maghi Bihu is being celebrated today.

With the arrival of the Uttarayan, states across in India celebrates its harvest festivals, expressing gratitude to the Surya devta or Sun god for a good crop. Makara Sankranti is celebrated in the country with great fervor. The first big festival of the year, Makara Sankranti celebrations are a perfect image of unity in diversity. It’s Maghi Bihu in Assam, Maghi in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, Thai Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Makara Sankranti in Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, and Poush Sankranti in West Bengal.

Makara Sankranti has a huge pan India social significance and the festivities involve colorful decorations, singing traditional songs and folklore, melas or fairs, bonfires and feasts, and of course flying kites.