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