Makar sankranti is celebrated on 14 January every year. Sankranthi is a day of month when sun moves from one Zodiac sign to other. It is derived from word Sat + Kranti means good change or auspicious movement. It also signifies change. Sankranti is considered as an auspicious day. Makar means Capricorn. On this day, sun moves from Sagittarius into Capricorn.
The festival is known as Pongal in South India especially in Andhra Pradesh. The festival is celebrated for 3 days. People wear new cloth and exchange gifts. Rangolis (colorful decoration) are made at each home.
In Karnataka and Tamil Nadu too, Makar Sankranti is celebrated with equal enthusiasm. Farmers celebrate the harvesting of Sugar cane.
According to Hindu calendar, Makar sankranti occurs when sun changes its direction northwards from Dhanu Rashi (Sagittarius) to enter the Makar Rashi (Capricorn) in the month of Posh. There are myths and belief of people that a work started or performed on this day will give desired and positive result. It marks the beginning of harvesting season and end of chilly winter season.
Makar Sankranti, also known as the Kite festival, is a popular Hindu festival. It is known as Maghi in Punjab. In Uttar Pradesh, the festival is known as ‘Khichiri’. In Gujarat and Rajasthan, the festival is known as Uttarayan.
Due to the variation in tradition through different cultures of India, the celebration procedure and myths behind the festival varies from region to region. The festival is dedicated to Sun God.
Makar Sankranti is one of the few ancient Hindu festivals that have been observed according to solar cycles, while most festivals are set by the lunar cycle of the luni solar Hindu calendar. It is a festival related to solar cycle, it on an average celebrated on 14 January every year it happens in rare cases that date changes by a day due to earth-sun relationship.
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.
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