14 January 2009



The most auspicious of festivals for the telugu people is the 'Sankranti'. This festival is celebrated for three days Bhogi, Sankranti and Kanuma respectively. After the starting of 'Dhanur masam'
the ladies of the house wake up early in the morning and observe 'nelapattu' by decorating their courtyards with beautiful and colorful designs called 'muggu' or 'rangavallikalu' (ramgoli). Girls use the ordure of cow [which is considered sacred, also it has a lot of medicinal properties] to make 'gobbemmalu' decorate them with turmeric and 'kumkuma', pray to them and they sing and dance around them. the ritual of 'gobbemmalu' is complete with sankranti. 'nelapattu' is ended with a 'radham' (chariot) muggu on 'kanuma'

On the eve of bhogi a bonfire where all the old stuff is burned. Ladies bless their children and pour 'bhogi pallu' (regi pallu) on them.

On the eve of sankranti

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