President, PM greet countrymen on Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu

The importance of Makar Sankranti and why is it celebrated?

Meanwhile, Pongal is celebrated from January 14 to January 16. One such picture shared by the 75-year-old superstar appears to be a couple of years old when he celebrated Makar Sankrati in Ahmedabad during the promotions of his 2015 film Shamitabh.

Makar Sankranti is celebrated in India in different ways. Lohri, primarily celebrated in the Punjab region, marks the end of the winter season. In Assam, it's also known as Bhogali Bihu and Magh Bihu. For most parts of India, this period is a part of early stages of the Rabi crop and agricultural cycle, where crops have been sown and the hard work in the fields is mostly over. "Many take a holy dip in the river to wash away their sins on this pious day". Celebrated with different names all over the country, the festivals of Makar Sankranti and Pongal symbolize the happiness that comes with good harvest and is a celebration of a positive transformation in people's lives. Pongal festival is a thanksgiving ceremony in which the farmers celebrate the event to thank the nature spirit, the Sun God and the farm animals for their assistance in providing a successful harvest.


Dedicated to the Hindu Sun god, Surya, the festival denotes the entry of the sun into the zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn), as it travels on its celestial path, thus signifying the arrival of longer days. The day is considered auspicious but there are some facts about the festival which are important to know. Thirdly, this is celebration time which is extremely auspicious as per the Hindu calendar. It is also the first day of the month of Magha.

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