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


As the entire country celebrates Makar Sankranti with fervour, we will have a look at the interesting facts about the harvest festival. People celebrate this festival with full of joy and enthusiasm. Thus, the dates of festivals change every year.

It is held on January 14 to honour the sun god Surya, which is on a Sunday in 2018.

Makar Sankranti is an important pan-Indian solar festival, known by different names though observed on the same date, sometimes for multiple dates around the Makar Sankranti. In Tamil Nadu it is called Pongal, Lohri in Punjab, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Bhogali Bihu in Assam, Poush Sankranti in West Bengal and Maghi in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh.

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

Makar Sankranti is celebrated in India in different ways. 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. The word "Til Gud" originated from Maharashtra, where people go by the tradition of wishing everyone by saying, "Til gud ghya ani goad goad bola" which suggests people to be as sweet with words, just like the ingredients, signifying a bond to spread sweetness. This is because back in the times of legend, Lord Sun visited his enemy son Shani and forgave him. 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.

Makar Sankranti is also referenced in mythology.