I would like to share how I celebrate these two festivals.
How to celebrate Bhogi
How to celebrate Sankranti or Pongal
Til gul for Sankranti
Roast white sesame seeds , dry roast , allow it to cool. Mix roasted peanuts with skin removed from them. Add fried gram and pieces of dried coconut. To make it more attractive and colourful what is called jeera sweets that are in the shape of rice grains are added. Choose a reputed brand so that the colours used may be edible. Traditionally small pieces of jaggery are added hence the name , til gul which literally means sesame and jaggery. I have added sugar.
After offering this for Puja. The elders in the family offer to the younger generation and bless them saying Til Gul gheva, goad goad bola ( Take Til Gul and utter sweet words )
This is a traditional offering to women , neighbours or relatives. Traditionally it was given in a pot.
In this modern era , we can purchase a plastic container , apply lime stone paste and kumkum.
It is filled with betel leaves , nuts , coconut , sugar piece , rice , jaggery , tamarind , salt , toor dhal , blouse piece with dakshina. We also add til gul , and ezhanda pazaham called bora in Marathi ( jujube in English ).
After the Puja it is offered to a relative who is invited for the Puja or to one of our neighbours.