New Delhi: Vice President Hamid Ansari on Sunday greeted people on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal.
In his message, he said these festivals, which are celebrated all over the country under different names with enthusiasm, devotion and gaiety, reflect the fundamental unity of the country and commemorate `Uttarayan` or the beginning of the northward journey of the Sun, besides the harvest season.
"I extend my greetings to all our citizens on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal...," he said.
He wished the festivals "may bless us all with peace, harmony and prosperity."
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday greeted the nation on the occasion of Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal and hoped the festivals would bring prosperity and happiness for all.