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Makar Sankranti

Why we celebrate Makar Sankranti? Know more about this festival!

Makar Sankranti
Date: 14th January (Fixed Date)
Other Names: Pongal, Lohri, Maghi, Uttarayan

This harvest festival is one main Hindu festivals that is celebrated in most parts of India socially. As the name ‘Makar Sankranti’ suggests, it is the day, which symbolizes the movement of the sun into the Makar rashi (Capricorn). Also bigger days start from this day. Kite flying, distributing til-gul ( sesame and jiggery sweet ) are the main attractions.

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Similarly, Lohri in Punjab is a festival dedicated to fire and the sun. It is associated with the harvesting of Rabi crops, which takes place in January. Farmers thank the nature, the sun for their help for bestowing successful harvesting. Hence, they consider this day as the start of their new financial year. Similarly, whole Tamil community of the world celebrates this festival as Pongal. Pongal is a sweet dish made by rice, jaggery, moong dal and milk. People take holy dip in rivers on this auspicious day.