what is Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival celebrated in India and Nepal, typically on January 14th or 15th each year. It marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Capricorn (Makara) and signifies the end of the winter solstice and the beginning of longer days.

what is Makar Sankranti

The festival is celebrated with various rituals and traditions across different regions of India. It’s known by different names in different parts of the country, such as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Lohri in Punjab, Uttarayan in Gujarat, and Magh Bihu in Assam.

what is Makar Sankranti

One of the most common traditions associated with Makar Sankranti is the flying of kites, especially in states like Gujarat and Rajasthan, where it’s a major event. The day is also marked by taking ritual baths in holy rivers, offering prayers to the Sun God, and exchanging sweets and gifts among friends and family.