Bhogi Pongal, Bogi festival, is the first day of Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu and is also the first day of the Telugu Sankranti celebrations in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Bhogi Pongal 2016 date is January 14. The day is popularly meant for cleaning – all things that are bad and of no use are burned on the day. Earlier only agricultural waste used to burned on the day.
In Tamil Nadu, Bhogi festival is observed on the last day of Margazhi Month. The next day is the Pongal festival or the Thai Pongal. Thus Bhogi is also seen as a preparation day for the Thai Pongal festival.
Bhogi is dedicated to Lord Indra, the Vedic God of thunder and rain. Scholars and historians are of the opinion that Bogi Pongal is the Indra Vizha festival observed during the ancient Chola period.
In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Bogi festival is celebrated generally in the Pushya or Paush month – a day before Makar Sankranti.
On the Bhogi day people, decorate their homes and buy new vessels and other utensils and food items needed for the Pongal and Makar Sankranti celebrations.
But sadly nowadays Bhogi Pongal is noted for pollution caused by the burning of tires and plastic waste.
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