Today, 13 January 2013 is Bhogi Pongal. In Tamil Nadu, it is Bhogi Pongal and in Andhra Pradesh it is Bhogi festival, the first day of Makara Sankranthi festival.
Bhogi festival is marks the beginning of 4-day Makar Sankranti festival in AP and Karnataka and Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu.
Bhogi Mantalu and Bhogi Pallu are the main rituals during Bhogi festival.
In the early morning, people light a sacred bonfire called Bhogi Mantalu. Children dance around bhogi mantalu, singing songs in praise of the gods and the South Indian harvest festival.
Andal Kalyanam is the temple festival celebrated in Srirangam Sriranganatha Swamy Temple, Tamil Nadu. Godadevi Kalyanam is celebrated on Bhogi festival day in Andhra Pradesh.
Lohri festival is celebrated on Bhogi festival, a day prior to Makar Sankranti, in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and some other North Indian states.