Bhogi is the first day of the four-day Pongal celebrations. It is mainly observed in the Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Telangana states.
Bhogi Pongal 2023 Date
The Bhogi festival is celebrated to honor Lord Indra who is the god of rain. Farmers worship Lord Indra to bring prosperity and happiness to their land. People perform Puja to plows and other farm equipment also. Bhogi 2022 date is 14th January 2022.
Bhogi Mantalu (Bonfire)
On the day of Bhogi, people throw their old and waste household items, wood, and others into a fire made of wood and cow dung cakes. This ritual is called Bhogi Mantalu or Bonfire. The motto of this ritual is to get rid of negative thoughts and things from your life and focus on new beginnings. People wear new clothes and sing songs around the holy fire.
People decorate their houses with mango leaves and draw rangoli in front of their houses.
Bhogi festival day is dedicated to Lord Indra, the god of rain and clouds. Farmers worship Lord Indra to seek blessings for a good harvest.