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Bhogi fire at Sri Balakrishna Towers, Gorantla, Guntur
Official nameBhogi
Also calledBhōgi, Lōhri
Observed by Hindus in South India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia [1]
TypeSeasonal, traditional
SignificanceMidwinter festival
DateLast day of Agrahayana month of Hindu calendar
2022 dateJanuary 14
Related to Makar Sankranti
Bihu (Bhogali / Magh / Bhogi in Tamil,Telugu)

Bhogi (Kannada : ಭೋಗಿ,Telugu : భోగి,Tamil : போகி) is the first day of the four-day Pongal Festival (பொங்கல் திருவிழா) Makar Sankranti (ಮಕರ ಸಂಕ್ರಾಂತಿ, మకర సంక్రాంతి) festival. It falls on last day of Agrahāyaṇa or Mārgaśīrṣa month of Hindu Solar Calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, it is usually celebrated on 13 January. It is a festival celebrated widely in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra. [2] [3]

On Bhogi, people discard old and derelict things and concentrate on new things causing change or transformation. At dawn, people light bonfires with logs of wood, other solid-fuels, and wooden furniture at home that are no longer useful. This marks the end of the year's accounts and the beginning of new accounts on the first day of the harvest on the following day. Like other festivals, Pongal and Lohri, Bhogi is also dedicated to Lord Indra [4] [5] [6]

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