Happy Makar Sankranti!

Makar Sankranti is a major harvest festival celebrated as the transition of the sun that takes place from Sagittarius to Capricorn. On this day people worship the Sun God and take a holy dip at Sangam which is the confluence of the rivers Yamuna, Saraswati and Ganga in Allahabad as it is considered to cleanse ones sins.

Various traditional delicacies of rice and til are made on this day along with a few traditional sweets. Kite flying is a ritual of sorts as people believe that through the kites, their wishes will reach the Gods. The festival is known by various names in different parts of the country. In Gujarat it is known as ‘Uttarayan’, it’s called ‘Khichiri’ in Uttar Pradesh, the eve of Makar Sankranti is celebrated as ‘Lohri’ in Punjab, while in the south it is popularly called ‘Pongal’ and in Madhya Pradesh the festival is known as ‘Sakarat’.

May you find your life partner during the divine festival of Makar Sankranti!

Quick Facts» Makar means Capricorn and Sankranti refers to transition
» Every eighty years the day of Makar Sankranti is postponed by a day
» The northward revolution of the sun begins on Makar Sankranti

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