The first Sankranthi, the harvest festival after Telangana was carved out of AP. The three-day festival kicked off with cock fight, kite flying, and bonfire marks Bhogi on first day. Towns and villages in both states settings with bonfires on streets with agriculture and household waste.
Celebrations began in the early hours of the day and people gathered at street corners, lit up a Bhogi fire with unwanted things are burnt. Men, women and children went around the bonfires with prayers, sang and danced. Bhogi also known as Indran and worshipped Indra for good harvest and prosperity. Andhra Pradesh minister of irrigation D. Umamaheswar Rao participated in Bhogi in Vijayawada. Transport Minister S. Raghava Rao took part in bonfire in ongole.
Villages wore festive look with women decorating the entrance with intricate rangoli designs. Young men took to kite flying. After thoroughly cleaning their houses, women set cow-dung balls called ‘Gobbemma’ and placed it among the rangoli patterns. They also put fresh harvest of rice, turmeric and sugarcane. The houses were decorated with marigold flowers and mango leaves. ‘Haridasus’ and ‘Basvannas’, the uniquely seekers with ornately decorated ox, made rounds of the villages.
The families, after offering prayers in temples, prepare various dishes, especially Pongal – made of rice and daal. Decoration of bulls, cock-fight, bull-fight and other rural sports mark the three-day festival.