Pongal: Chennai wakes up to smog, flight operations hit due to Bhogi celebrations

Published: 13th January 2018 11:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th January 2018 04:42 PM  

Celebrations on account of the Bhogi festival resulted in thick smog on Saturday morning, thereby interrupting flight services from 3 am. (EPS | Sunish P Surendran)
It is said that nearly 12 flights were diverted and nearly 30 delayed in view of the smoke generated due to the ritualistic burning of old articles on account of festivities, which has caused a dip in visibility. (EPS | Sunish P Surendran)
Flight services that were temporarily suspended due to smog have now resumed. (EPS | Sunish P Surendran)
For the unversed, Bhogi festival is the first day of Pongal and is celebrated in honour of Lord Indra, who is worshipped for the abundance of harvest, thereby bringing plenty and prosperity to the land. (EPS | Sunish P Surendran)
Girls dance around the bonfire, singing songs in praise of God, the spring, and the harvest. The significance of the bonfire is to keep warm during the last lap of winter. (EPS | Sunish P Surendran)
Girls dance around the bonfire, singing songs in praise of God, the spring, and the harvest. The significance of the bonfire is to keep warm during the last lap of winter. (EPS | Sunish P Surendran)
Vegetable vendors plied their vehicles amid the smog which descended the city due to Bhogi celebrations. (EPS | Sunish P Surendran)
Motorists plied their vehicles with headlights on following the smoke cover which descended on the city due to the celebration of bhogi in the city on Saturday. (EPS | Sunish P Surendran)
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