Makar Sankranti 2018: Interesting facts about India's Harvest Festival and Puja timings

Doris Richards
January 14, 2018

The ancient Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated every year, in the month of January. The festival is celebrated on 14th January and is possibly the only Indian festival whose date always falls on the same day each year with just a few exceptions.

Actress Hema Malini shared multiple pictures of the different festivals and wrote, "Festive season coming up!"

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished the nation on the festivals of Makar Sakranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu and Uttarayan. Functions were organised at several places to mark the day. In Gujarat, the event is celebrated as a two-day festival including Uttarayan and Vasi Uttarayan. In South India, it is celebrated for three days starting with Bhogi and followed by Makar Sankranti and kanuma. The science behind it says that, Sun restores its capacity after a long winter and cleanses our bodies off infections and germs while we celebrate it by flying kites.

"Lohri is essentially a festival dedicated to fire and the Sun God". Til-gul is considered to be a token of goodwill and people greet each other with the words, " Til-gul ghyaa, aani goad-goad bola (accept this til-gul and speak sweetly)".

The importance of Makar Sankranti and why is it celebrated?
Makar Sankranthi 2018 Significance : History and Reason to Celebrate holy festival

Makar Sankranti is celebrated as a harvest festival, where we thank mother nature for providing us the resources for survival.

Makar Sankranti denotes the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Capricon ('Makara') on its celestial path.

Makar Sankranti is regarded as important for spiritual practices and accordingly, people take a holy dip in rivers, especially Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna, and Kaveri. And the auspicious time starts from 2am to 2.24am.

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