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Chennai flight schedules go for a toss due to smog from Pongal celebrations

12 flights diverted, 30 delayed as smoke generated from ritualistic burning of old articles impairs visibility

ANI  |  Chennai 

Operations resumed at Chennai Airport; flights were delayed in view of smoke due to burning of old articles on Bogi festival. (Photo: ANI)
Operations resumed at Chennai Airport; flights were delayed in view of smoke due to burning of old articles on Bogi festival. (Photo: ANI)

As the city decks up to welcome the season, celebrations on account of the festival have resulted in thick smog, thereby interrupting from 3 am on Saturday morning.

It is said that 12 flights were diverted and 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.

For the unversed, festival is the first day of and is celebrated in honour of Lord Indra, who is worshiped for the abundance of harvest, thereby bringing plenty and prosperity to the land.

On this day, people clean out their homes and collect all unwanted goods, which are then thrown into a fire made of wood and cow-dung cakes. Girls dance around the bonfire, singing songs in praise of God, the spring, and the The significance of the bonfire is to keep warm during the last lap of winter.

A special puja is also performed on the first day of before the cutting of Farmers worship the sun and the earth by anointing their plows and sickles with sandalwood paste. It is with these consecrated tools that the newly-harvested rice is cut.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 09:59 IST
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