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Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14th January. The word Makar means Capricorn and Sankranti means transition. It marks the first day of sun's transit into the Capricorn, marking the end of the month with winter. Makar Sankranti is one of the few ancient Indian festivals that has been observed according to solar cycles. It is one of the major harvest festivals of India, signifying the arrival of the new season of harvest. It is considered to be one of the most important harvest days in India. On this day farmers worship the Sun God or Surya Devta and pray that they have a fruitful season of harvest. This auspicious festival is celebrated on the day when the days start becoming longer and the nights shorter. The fact that the date of Makar Sankranti is fixed and is the first Indian festival that falls after the New Year is what makes the festival stand apart from the other Indian Hindu festivals.
Makar Sankranti is celebrated across the country in various ways and the cultural significance of the festival changes geographically as we move from one state to another. Every region celebrates it with different names and in innumerable ways, according to the localization, culture, and traditions. Though extremely popular as Makar Sankranti, the festival is predominantly a harvest festival and is celebrated throughout India, from north to south and east to west. While Makar Sankranti is popular in West India, in the south, the festival is known as Pongal and in the north, it is celebrated as Lohri. Maghi, Khichdi, Uttarayan are some other names of the same festival. The whole nation embraces the new season of harvest in distinctive styles, but with a single notion of joy.
Exchange of Gifts with your friends, relatives, and guests is a symbol for being together in peace and joyfulness despite the uniqueness and diversity between people. With the practice of exchanging gifts, Makar Sankranti is celebrated with great spirit and excitement across the country.
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