Makar Sankranti 2018 date, significance and celebrations: 10 facts

Makar Sankranti 2018 date, significance and celebrations: 10 facts

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.

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. Makar Sankranti marks the first day of sun's transit into Makara (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days. Kite flying is an important activity related to the festival and you can spot thousands of kites across cities of Gujarat.

May the Makar Sankranti fire burns all the moments of sadness and brings you warmth of joy, wisdom and love.Have a nice day! This is the beauty of the festival.

He wished, "May these festivals usher in prosperity, tranquillity and happiness in our country".

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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. In Tamil Nadu, the festive occasion is celebrated as Pongal, whereas in Punjab it is known as Lohri while some call it as Uttarayan. Both of the ingredients have a key significance in the festival.

Fairs are a must during Makar Sankranti and many melas are organised in several parts of the country.

Hindu devotees taking a dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati River, during the Makar Sankranti festival in Allahabad, on January 14.

Not many know that Makar Sankranti draws parallel with western festival, Thanksgiving. They are celebrated to show our respect towards food and the famers.

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