President, Vice President greet nation on Makar Sankranti, Pongal

"May these festivals bind the communities and regions of India in a bond of love and affection and inspire us to work for the unity and progress of our country," the president said in her message.

The harvest festivals of Makar Sankranti and Pongal will be celebrated Jan 14 and Jan 15, respectively.

"Celebrated in diverse ways with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm in various parts of the country, these festivals reflect our glorious cultural traditions and promote the values of sharing, generosity and goodwill among people," the vice-president said in his message.

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