Makar Sankranti 2018: Interesting facts about India's Harvest Festival and Puja timings

Makar Sankranti 2018: Interesting facts about India's Harvest Festival and Puja timings

The Governor Mridula Sinha has extended her cordial greetings and best wishes to the people of Goa, especially the Hindus, Punjabis and Tamil brethren on the auspicious festivals of Makar Sankranti, Lohri and Pongal. It officially marks the beginning of spring or the onset of Indian summer and the days become longer, and nights shorter. On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, people meet and greet their loved ones and celebrate the most auspicious occasion with great zeal, enthusiasm and devotion. The occasion which marks the transition of the sun into the Makar rashi or the zodiac sign Capricorn, also brings an end to winter solstice. Makar Sankranti is popular for sesame candies and kites, as this auspicious day marks the arrival of spring in India.

Makara Sankranti (also known as Makar Sakranti or Sankranthi) is a mid-winter festival that takes place in India and Nepal. Temperatures start rising after the festival, leading to hotter days. People celebrate the festive occasion by flying kites. This is the beauty of the festival.

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A traditional Maharashtrian celebration includes exchange of til gul laddoo (sweets made of sesame seeds and jaggery) and puran poli (a sweet flatbread) as a gesture of goodwill. People in North India celebrate the day with Khichri, while in Tamil Nadu, Sankranti is known by the name of "Pongal".

Makar Sankranti also comes with melas. The popular Kumbh Mela, held after every 12 years, starts on the very same day. Indeed, they are a flawless reason to spend some time with family and friends, a thing which we have lost in the hustle and bustle of our busy life.

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