The Governor Mridula Sinha has extended her cordial greetings and best wishes to the people of Goa, especially the Hindus, Punjabis and Tamil brethren on the auspicious festivals of Makar Sankranti, Lohri and Pongal.
The Governor in her message has said, “The Makar Sankranti festival coincides with Lohri and Pongal. On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, people meet and greet their loved ones and celebrate the most auspicious occasion with great zeal, enthusiasm and devotion. People distribute sweets and urge them to let go of any negative or angry feeling. While distributing sweets, the famous line ‘til gul ghya ani god god bola’ is used. People celebrate the festive occasion by flying kites. Many take a holy dip in the river to wash away their sins on this pious day.”
“Lohri is essentially a festival dedicated to fire and the Sun God. Pongal festival is a thanksgiving ceremony in which the farmers celebrate the event to thank the nature spirit, the Sun God and the farm animals for their assistance in providing a successful harvest. Overall, all these festivals encourage social cohesiveness and unite people by bringing them together in common function,” she added.
Let us on this occasion pledge universal brotherhood and live together in peace and harmony irrespective of caste, religion or region. She appealed to the people of Goa to uphold the glorious tradition of religious harmony and peaceful co-existence.
Source:: The Navhind Times