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Makar Sankranti 2018: Puja timings, rituals and significance of this harvest festival

Makar Sankranti 2018: Puja timings, rituals and significance of this harvest festival

The festival has different names in different parts of the country, such as Pongal, Lohri, Uttaryan, Maghi and Khichdi.

MILLIONS of Hindus have been anticipating the festival of Makar Sankranti - and the big day is here!

Bihar Governor Satya Pal Mallik and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today greeted people of the state on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. 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. Secondly, Makar Sankranti means that from now on days are going to be longer and the nights are going to be shorter. The festival celebrates the first month with consistently longer days.

The importance of flying kites on Makar Sankranti is mainly started from Gujarat.

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May the beauty Of Sankrant festival fill your home with happiness and positivity.

Makara Sankranti (also known as Makar Sakranti or Sankranthi) is a mid-winter festival that takes place in India and Nepal.

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.

The festival is known as Magh Bihu and Pongal in Assam and Tamil Nadu respectively. The festival holds a great religious significance for Hindus and a large number of people visit the Prayag city (Allahabad) to bathe in Sangam (confluence of the three holy rivers, namely Ganges, Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati River). In rural Maharashtra feasts of the new harvest mark Hadaga festival. They are celebrated to show our respect towards food and the famers.