Makar Sankranti Harvest Festival :

Makar Sankranti is an important harvest festival celebrated in India with enjoyment and zeal. On the day of Makar Sankranti the sun moves from Tropic of Cancer to Tropic of Capricorn and this changing of zone causes climatic changes and marks the beginning of Harvest season. It is an important Hindu festival and is observed on 14th of January every year. It marks the end of chilling winter season.

India a diverse country and the festival is celebrated all over the country in different ways, and even called by different names too. Millions of people from all over the country take bath in the holy waters of river Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati in Prayag on the eve of the festival. In Northern India the festival is known by Makar Sankranti or Maghi (in Punjab) and in the Southern part it is known as Pongal. It is a harvest festival and marks the beginning of the spring season. Farmers all over the country celebrate this festival by harvesting their crops.

In Gujarat the festival is celebrated by performing the ritual of Kite flying and special festival recipes like Chikkis are served on this day. In Punjab the festival is celebrated in its own unique sense and people light a bonfire and dance and eat sumptuous food on this day. In Southern areas the festival known as Pongal is celebrated by exchanging sweets and gifts among relatives and friends for their love and support. Special recipes are baked on this day like Ladoos made of Sesame are famous in Maharashtra; Khichri is famous in Northern regions etc.

The festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated all over the country as a sign of Brotherhood and Harmony. The festival spreads a message of thanksgiving to God, friends and relatives for their support in helping in harvest of the crops.

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