President, PM greet nation on harvest festivals

January 12th, 2009 - 10:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Pratibha PatilNew Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday greeted the nation on the occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal, which fall on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. In her message, Patil said: “On the occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal, the nation acknowledges with gratitude the hard work of our farmers and those millions of people living in our rural areas. Makar Sankaranti and Pongal are also festivals that spread the messages of friendship, harmony and unity.

“On these festive occasions, I extend my greetings to the people of the country and wish them success, happiness and prosperity.”

The prime minister said: “The harvest festivals of different parts of our country are an occasion to celebrate the bounty of nature and the colour and gaiety of the country.”

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