Prime Minister Narendra Modi said festivals are the occasion through which one generation passes the culture and values to the next generation. According to him, the Indian festivals are associated with the season. “Indian festivals are connected with nature and are in harmony with rural culture and farmers’ life.” He was speaking at ‘Sankranti Milan’ organised by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu.
Apart from The Prime Minister, former Vice President Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, BJP president Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and other dignitaries participated.
The Prime Minister witnessed a cultural show displayed at the event. He congratulated the artists who performed and allowed to be photographed with them. Students from Tirumala Venkateswara College also participated in the event.
Addressing the gathering, Vice President Naidu called upon people salute the unsung heroes – the farmer – on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival. According to him, Makar Sankranti dedicated to Sun God, symbolizes the northward journey of the Sun. Celebrated with different names all over the country, the festivals of Makar Sankranti and Pongal symbolize the happiness that comes with good harvest and is a celebration of a positive transformation in people’s lives, he added.