The Makar Sankranti is a significant Hindu festival which referred to a specific solar day according to the Hindu calendar and is celebrated with reference to the Lord Sun. It is a day to show our gratitude to the farmers who play an important role in growing the food we eat.
The first day when the sun transit into the Makara or Capricorn marks the occasion of Makar Sankranti. The festival may have different names in various parts of the country but the spirit remains the same.
This holy festival is also known as the phase of transition, as from now onwards days will start becoming longer and nights will become shorter. Bonfire and folk songs are a major part of the celebration and a puja parikrama (prayers) around the bonfire is performed followed by the distribution of prasad.
The festival also marks the early stages of the Rabi crop, where crops have already been sown.
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The festival is known as Magh Bihu and Pongal in Assam and Tamil Nadu respectively.
And PM Narendra Modi extended his greetings to the people on the occasion of Makar Sakranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu and Uttarayan. One can't imagine the celebration without the "til ka laddoo", made with jaggery and sesame. The festival holds a great religious significance for Hindus and a large number of people visit the Prayag city (Allahabad) to bathe in Sangam (confluence of the three holy rivers, namely Ganges, Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati River). May you have a wonderful Makar Sankranti.
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