Patil, Ansari greet nation on ‘Makar Sankranti’, ‘Pongal’

January 13th, 2012 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Pratibha Patil New Delhi, Jan 13 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil and Vice President Hamid Ansari Friday greeted the nation on the occasion of ‘Makar Sankranti’ and ‘Pongal’, expressing the hope that the festivals would bring prosperity and happiness.

Wishing the people, Patil said: “These festivals are expressions of the emotional unity that is our nation’s strength. May the celebrations reinforce the ties that bind us together as a nation, in peace and harmony.”

In his message, Ansari said: “These festivals are celebrated in various parts of the country with traditional fervour and gaiety and mark the beginning of ‘Uttarayana’ and the harvest season.”

“May these festivals bring peace, prosperity and happiness to the citizens of our country,” he added.

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