About Bhogi Festival
Bhogi is the day one of the Pongal festivals and according to the calendar it is celebrated mostly on the 13th January but sometimes Bhogi Festival is also celebrated on the 14th of January. The festival is celebrated joyously in the southern states of the country like Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh. People discard the old things form their life and start with a new and fresh thing. The bhogi festival is celebrated to pay respect to the Lord Indra, who is the lord of the Clouds and the water. People pray to him so that it rains properly and their harvest and farms are not spoilt. Lord Indra is worshipped so that he can bring in the prosperity to the land. People on this day stay together with the family members and celebrate together.
Things People do on Occasion of Bhogi
The houses of everyone are washed and painted. The houses are also painted with Kolam, which is a floor design painted by the red and white color. The red color is made from the mud and the white color is made from the rice paste. Pumpkin flowers are also dumped into the cow-dung to make different kinds of patterns. The puja is done on this day before the people cut the paddy. The farmers worship the sun and also the Earth and seek their blessings.
Rituals of Bhogi
The other ritual that is followed is that people burn their old house articles and buy new things. Girls dance around the bonfire and they sing songs and worship the Gods. In Andhra Pradesh, Bhogi is celebrated when the girls burn their old clothes and wear new ones after getting an oil massage and a bath. The next day is the Pongal panai, where the earthen pots are painted with turmeric, mango leaves, and flowers. The festival is celebrated with a lot of joy.