14th January celebrated as Makar Sankranti and in South as Pongal in India [ Current Affairs ]

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About the festival Makar Sankranti: Makar Sankranti is a kite’s festival celebrated in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and many other countries. Makar Sankranti marks the conversion of the sun into the astrological sign of Makara means Capricorn on its cosmic path.

  • The day is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India and theMagh month in Nepal and is a traditional event.
  • Makara Sankranthi celebrated on 14th January as per Nepali calendarevery year; it is celebrated on 15th January in some states or countries.
  • It is also called as ‘Uttarayaana’ in Sanskrit and in Gujarat.
  • In this festival, people buy the kites and whole day fly the kites and women make sweets made from teel (sesame seeds), peanut, etc.
  • In some states, this festival is celebrated by holy bathing.

Different names of this festival:

  • In Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Rajasthan, etc. it is known as Makar Sankranti.
  • In Gujarat, it is known as Uttarayan.
  • In Tamil Nadu, it is known as Pongal.
  • In Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, it is known as Maghi.
  • In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, it is known as Khichdi.

- Published on: January 18, 2016