Every year, the month of January brings a special festival for Hindus, where, on the 14th of the month, many across the country come together to celebrate Makar Sankranti, also known as Pongal, Bihu, etc.in different parts of the country. This year, Makar Sankranti is set to be celebrated on 14th January. The day is considered auspicious but there are some facts about the festival which are important to know. This is the reason why it falls on the exact same date year after year as per Georgian calendar.
The markets of Siliguri have started stocking up on sesame, flattened rice, puffed rice, jaggery, rewdi and everything else that is used in the celebration of Makar Sankranti. The festival is celebrated on three days with different traditions being involved for the three days.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday greeted the nation on the eve of the festivals of Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal. Music by Ismail Darbar, the song has a attractive classic touch which helps you to celebrate the festival traditionally.
Fairs are a must during Makar Sankranti and many melas are organised in several parts of the country. People gift the laddoos to each other and say "Til gul ghyaa, god-god bola" (accept this til-gul and speak sweetly). People celebrate the festive occasion by flying kites.
"Lohri is essentially a festival dedicated to fire and the Sun God".
So this Makar Sankranti, make sure you fly kites and spread sweetness by distributing and eating Til Gud.
Makar Sankranti denotes the transition of sun from the zodiac Sagittarius to Capricorn. And the auspicious time starts from 2am to 2.24am.
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