Bhogi in India in 2021

Bhogi in India in 2021
Bhogi bonfire in Tamil Nadu Image by Nithi Anand , via Flickr

  Dates of Bhogi in India
2022 Jan 13
Andhra PradeshThu, Jan 13Regional Holiday
TelanganaThu, Jan 13Regional Holiday
2021 Jan 13
Andhra PradeshWed, Jan 13Regional Holiday
TelanganaWed, Jan 13Regional Holiday
2020 Jan 14
Andhra PradeshTue, Jan 14Regional Holiday
TelanganaTue, Jan 14Regional Holiday
2019 Jan 14
Andhra PradeshMon, Jan 14Regional Holiday
PuducherryMon, Jan 14Regional Holiday
TelanganaMon, Jan 14Regional Holiday
  Summary
Bhogi is the first day of the four-day celebration of Pongal
  Which regions observe Bhogi in 2021?
  Andhra PradeshJan 13Regional Holiday
  TelanganaJan 13Regional Holiday
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When is Bhogi?

In some states in southern India, the first day of the four-day Pongal festival is known as Bhogi.

The date corresponds to the final day of the Tamil month Margazhi, and in the Gregorian calendar it is usually on 13th January, but can also take place on 14th January.

It is widely celebrated in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu.

Traditions of Bhogi

Bhogi is the last day in which the sun moves south before the start of Uttarayana, the time when the sun starts to move northwards after the winter equinox.

To mark this auspicious change in the seasons, it is a day of cleaning and cleansing; old clothes and other unused items are thrown away, marking the start of new life.

At dawn, people or neighborhoods often light a bonfire with logs of wood, solid fuels and wooden furniture and other waste items that are no longer useful.

The idea is to get rid of old things and concentrate on change and transformation that the change in the seasons marked by Pongal signifies.

On Bhogi people may create colourful geometric floor and ground designs in rice flour and flower petals (rangolis) as good luck symbols to welcome the Sun's new cycle.

In rural areas, this time is closely associated with the harvest. Indra, the god of rain, is worshipped and people seek his blessings for a successful harvest, prosperity and happiness.

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