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Makar Sankranti / Pongal/ Lohri

January 14

Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti, also known as Maghi in some regions, is a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of India. It marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn) on its celestial path, signaling the end of winter and the arrival of longer days. It generally falls on January 14th, making it one of the few Indian festivals to follow the solar calendar.

This festival is associated with the harvest of winter crops and is a way for people to express gratitude towards nature and the Sun God for a successful harvest. In many parts of India, particularly the rural areas, it is marked by community feasts, bonfires, and folk dances.

One of the most prominent features of Makar Sankranti is the kite flying tradition, especially in states like Gujarat, Rajasthan, and parts of Uttar Pradesh. People of all ages participate in kite flying, turning the sky into a colorful canvas.

In southern India, the festival is known as Pongal, a four-day celebration involving cooking a special dish also called Pongal in honor of the Sun God.

In Punjab and Haryana, it is celebrated as Lohri, marked with bonfires, singing, and dancing. In Assam, it’s known as Magh Bihu, a time for feasts and bonfires.

Makar Sankranti is a festival of unity, joy, and gratitude, fostering a sense of community and harmony. It is a testament to India’s incredible diversity, as it is celebrated in numerous ways across different states, each with its unique customs and traditions.


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