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Makar Sankranthi 2018 Significance : History and Reason to Celebrate holy festival

14 January 2018, 05:07 | Opal Carroll

The importance of Makar Sankranti and why is it celebrated?

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People in different parts of the country are busy celebrating Makar Sankranti and Pongal, marking the onset of spring and the harvest season.

With social festivities such as melas (fairs), kite flying, bonfires and feasts bringing the people together, Makar Sankranti is celebrated with pomp across the country.The Hindu festival that sees devotees praying to Sun God Surya is observed in January every year. In South India, it is celebrated for three days starting with Bhogi and followed by Makar Sankranti and kanuma.

Makar Sankranti denotes the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Capricon ('Makara') on its celestial path. Makar Sankranti is popular for sesame candies and kites, as this auspicious day marks the arrival of spring in India.

He wished, "May these festivals usher in prosperity, tranquillity and happiness in our country". The festival celebrates the first month with consistently longer days.

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So this Makar Sankranti, make sure you fly kites and spread sweetness by distributing and eating Til Gud.

The festival is known as Magh Bihu and Pongal in Assam and Tamil Nadu respectively.

Makar Sankranti is regarded as important for spiritual practices and accordingly, people take a holy dip in rivers, especially Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna, and Kaveri. Pongal, Lohri and Makar Sankranti being the most important ones. Both of the ingredients have a key significance in the festival.

The famous Kumbh Mela is held on Makar Sankranti, which involves Hindus taking a dip in the holy rivers to cleanse themselves of sin. In rural Maharashtra feasts of the new harvest mark Hadaga festival.

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