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Makar Sankranti Celebrations On 14th January 2019: Details, Significance

 

 

Makar Sankranti Celebrations On 14th January 2019: Details, Significance

Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival that marks the end of the month with the winter solstice and beginning of longer days. 

Makar Sankranti festival falls every year on 14 January, it is dedicated to Lord Surya (The Sun) and devotees mark this day by taking a holy dip in Ganges river.

Makar Sankranti festival is also celebrated as the harvest festival and marks the arrival of spring. According to the Hindu calendar, this day falls on the last day of Push month when the Sun leaves Sagittarius and enters Capricorn. This day also marks the beginning of the month of Magh. 

On Makar Sankranti day people fly kites across India. An International Kite Festival is being held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Makar Sankranti, a solar festival, is known by different names though observed on the same date. It is known as Pedda Panduga in Andhra Pradesh, Makar Sankranti in Karnataka, Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Magh Bihu in Assam, Magha Mela in parts of central and north India. A day before Makar Sankranti is Lohri, the Punjabi harvest festival.

 


 

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