Vice President greets the nation on the eve of Makar Sankranti and Pongal

The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu wished the people on the eve of Makar Sankranti and Pongal. Following is the full text of his message –

“ I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all our citizens on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal. 

Makar Sankranti marks ‘Uttarayan’, the beginning of the northward journey of the Sun. Celebrated with different regional names all over the country, the festival is associated with the harvest season and involving the remarkable common thread of unity that binds all Indians in our composite culture. 

This agricultural festival is truly unique in its celebration of nature’s bounty and vitality, and reminds us of our symbiotic relationship with Mother Nature. The celebration  is also a testament to the deep reverence our civilization has for nature. This is also an occasion to remember and revisit our roots in our villages, the cradle of our heritage and culture. 

May this festive season bring good cheer in your family, strengthen togetherness in our nation and be an auspicious beginning of the good times in the coming months. “

Following is the Hindi version of the Vice President’s message:

“I extend my heartiest greetings to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal. 

Makar Sankranti ‘Uttarayan’ is the festival of the launch of the movement in the north direction of the Sun. This festival, which is celebrated by different names across the country, is also associated with the harvesting of crops prepared in the fields and reflects the thread of our common unity that binds our mixed culture. 

This agricultural festival celebrating euphoric and full nature is truly amazing, it reminds us of our natural intimate relationship with nature. This festival also signifies our deep devotion to nature. It provides an opportunity to reconnect with the roots in our villages, where our heritage and culture flourished. 

May this time of festivals bring happiness in your family, strengthen the spirit of solidarity in our nation and start auspicious future. ”

MS / RK / DP

(Release ID: 1688275)

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