People here celebrated Bhogi by lighting a bonfire on occasion, which marks the beginning of the four-day Pongal festival.

Bhogi festival is celebrated in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and people this year avoided burning plastic. Bhogi is a part of Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu where useless household articles are put in the bonfire. Pongal is a festival that marks the end of the winter and the beginning of the harvest season.

In Chennai's Nerkundram, people celebrated Boghi by lighting the 'Bhogi Manta' or a bonfire while the children beat the drums.

Meanwhile, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu extended his greetings to the people on 'Bhogi' and celebrated the festival with his family members by lighting a bonfire on the occasion.

As part of the traditional festival that welcomes Pongal, women drew colourful rangoli outside their house.