Happy New Year to all my viewers who follow Solar Calendar!

Bello Pana (ପାଚିଲାବେଲ ପଣା) is a drink made from Ripe Bel It is a tasty drink having a very sweet flavor. Bhel has many medicinal properties and is good for health.

Elders have included this Smoothie into our customs so that atleast we have Bhel once in an year under the compulsion of custom, as it is customary to have this smoothie on Pona Sankranti. This Pona Sankranti festival comes after 15 days of Telugu New Year.

While, Telugus and many others follow Lunar Calendar. Tamil, Odiya, Bengali, Assamee and others follow Solar Calander. Thus Solar calendar based New Year comes 15 days after Lunar based New Year as the Sun enters the sign Libra and thus this occasion also known as Maha Vishuba Sankranti or Mesha Sankranti

Today, 14 April 2014 is Solar calendar New Year - Pona Sankranti festival of Odiya. The Smoothie known as Pona is prepared and distributed among one and all in Odisha. Pana is prepared by mixing different types of fruits, water, milk / milk products, pulp of Bel and sugar.

For detailed description of this recipe watch the following link http://www.gayatrivantillu.com/recipes-2/drinks-and-smoothies/bello-pona

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