Makar Sankranti 2018: Interesting facts about India's Harvest Festival and Puja timings

Makar Sankranti 2018: Interesting facts about India's Harvest Festival and Puja timings

Meanwhile, people across North India, celebrate the festival of Lohri, marking the onset of spring. People across the country celebrate this day as Makar Sankranti (beginning of the harvest season) or Pongal. On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, people meet and greet their loved ones and celebrate the most auspicious occasion with great zeal, enthusiasm and devotion.

Makar Sankranti denotes the transition of sun from the zodiac Sagittarius to Capricorn. Makar Sankranti is popular for sesame candies and kites, as this auspicious day marks the arrival of spring in India. Temperatures start rising after the festival, leading to hotter days. Kids enjoy the festival by flying Kites. This is the beauty of the festival.

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Makar Sankranti is an important pan-Indian solar festival, known by different names though observed on the same date, sometimes for multiple dates around the Makar Sankranti. In Tamil Nadu, the festive occasion is celebrated as Pongal, whereas in Punjab it is known as Lohri while some call it as Uttarayan. Keeping with the traditions, people in different parts of the country are celebrating Makar Sankranti by taking holy dip in rivers, flying kites and preparing candies made of jaggery and sesame seeds.

Just like Holi is incomplete without gujiya, Makar Sankranti is also incomplete without til (sesame) and gud (jaggery).

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Fairs are a must during Makar Sankranti and many melas are organised in several parts of the country.

The first Hindu festival of New Year is here.

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The festival is considered very auspicious and people take a dip in the holy river as to wash off all their sins.

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