Bhogi Festival in Tamil Nadu led to Smoky Chennai

The air pollution in Chennai aggravated on the day of Bhogi festival as hundreds were seen lighting bonfires contributing to increase in carbon emissions.Today all over Tamil Nadu celebrated the Bhogi Festival. Due to this celebration, smoke has been found in many places due to the burning of useless old items.

Bhogi is the first day of the four-day Pongal festival.On Bhogi, people discard old things and concentrate on new things causing change or transformation. At dawn, people light a bonfire with logs of wood, other solid-fuels and wooden furniture at home that are no longer useful.The disposal of derelict things is where all old habits, vices, attachment to relations and material things are sacrificed in the sacrificial fire. 

This, in turn, has been celebrated as a festive festival throughout Tamil Nadu.Houses are cleaned, painted and decorated to give a festive look. The horns of oxen and buffaloes are painted in villages. New clothes are worn to mark the start of the festival.The deity of the day is [thanking to nature] – the god of rains, to whom prayers are offered, with thanks and hopes for plentiful rains in the year ahead.Due to this, it is still smoky after dawn in Chennai. Motorists are suffering the most.

The Pollution Control Board has warned that action will be taken on people who created air pollution for the festive season. The press release stated that plastic products, fabrics made of synthetic fibers, rubber products, old tires and tubes, and chemicals should not be burned.