Prez greets nation on eve of Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal

Happy Lohri And Makar Sankranti Tejaswi Prakash And Other TV Stars Recall Favourite Festive Memories

People in the country simply love to celebrate the festivals together with full gaiety and fervour.

Makar Sankranti is a celebration of the Sun god Surya, and the harvest festival falls on January 14 this year.

Bihar Governor Satya Pal Mallik and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today greeted people of the state on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Both day and night are long. The festival is considered sacred as farmers grow their Rabi crops. This is the first change in the zodiac after the winter solstice. It officially marks the beginning of spring or the onset of Indian summer and the days become longer, and nights shorter. Kite flying is an important activity related to the festival and you can spot thousands of kites across cities of Gujarat.

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

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He wished, "May these festivals usher in prosperity, tranquillity and happiness in our country". Keeping with the traditions, people in different parts of the country are celebrating Makar Sankranti by taking holy dip in rivers, flying kites and preparing candies made of jaggery and sesame seeds. People in North India celebrate the day with Khichri, while in Tamil Nadu, Sankranti is known by the name of "Pongal". Pongal, Lohri and Makar Sankranti being the most important ones.

The famous Kumbh Mela is held on Makar Sankranti, which involves Hindus taking a dip in the holy rivers to cleanse themselves of sin.

Not many know that Makar Sankranti draws parallel with western festival, Thanksgiving. In rural Maharashtra feasts of the new harvest mark Hadaga festival. Indeed, they are a flawless reason to spend some time with family and friends, a thing which we have lost in the hustle and bustle of our busy life. They are celebrated to show our respect towards food and the famers.

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