Telugu expatriate families in Dubai celebrated Sankranthi in a traditional manner at Arabian Ranches on Saturday.
Though staying thousands of kilometres away from their home towns, about 60 people, who gathered at Lakshmi and Sekhar Reddy’s villa, didn’t miss all the activities associated with the harvest festival that is celebrated as Sankranthi in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka and as Pongal in Tamil Nadu.
The floors were decorated with floral designs (rangoli) and the entrances with flower garlands.
A bonfire was lit in the evening as part of Bhogi, which is the first day of the three-day festival.
According to the Gregorian calendar, Bhogi is normally celebrated on January 13. The second day is Sankranthi and the third day is Kanuma.
In keeping with the tradition, boys and men flew the kites and women who were dressed in their festive best silk sarees sang and danced round the bonfire.
The evening end with a sumptuous dinner that included pongal, a sweet dish made of rice, milk and jaggery.