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Makara Sankranti 2018

Makara Sankranti is a mid-winter Hindu festival of India.The famous Kumbh Mela is also held on Makar Sankranti every 12 years. Sankranti is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm, passion, and love. It is known that on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti, the Sun enters the sphere of Capricorn Zodiac which is also known as ‘Makar’. The term ‘Sakranti’ implies the movement of the Sun from one Zodiac into another. Therefore, this prosperous day is named as ‘Makar Sankranti’.

 

Among all the 12 Sankranti, ‘Makar Sankranti’ is the most promising one and it is celebrated all over India with a lot of enthusiasm. This festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated on the 14th of January every year.

 

Hindus gather in large numbers to take a holy dip at Ganga Sagar on this day every year. The festivities associated with Makar Sankranti are known by various names such as Lohri by north Indian Hindus and Sikhs, Sukarat in central India, Bhogali Bihu by Assamese Hindus, and Pongal by Tamil and other south Indian Hindus.

 

There are various names given to Makar Sankranti in different parts of India. In the state of Gujarat, it is known by the name of Uttarayan. In Tamil Nadu, it is known as Pongal whereas in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab, it is named as Maghi. On this day, various sweets and snacks are prepared at home. Makar Sankranti is celebrated in such a manner that all the bitter and sad moments which occurred in the past are forgotten on this day. This day marks the new phase of life which is full of knowledge, purity, and wisdom.

 

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