Makar Sankranti 2018: Puja timings, rituals and significance of this harvest festival

Makar Sankranti 2018: Puja timings, rituals and significance of this harvest festival

Makar Sankranti 2018: Puja timings, rituals and significance of this harvest festival

One such picture shared by the 75-year-old superstar appears to be a couple of years old when he celebrated Makar Sankrati in Ahmedabad during the promotions of his 2015 film Shamitabh.

In south Indian states have a sizable number of Tamilians.

Every festival in India, be it Holi, Diwali or Makar Sankranti is celebrated with full enthusiasm and zeal. Many people also wear black garments on this day. The festival is celebrated on three days with different traditions being involved for the three days.

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The festival is known as Magh Bihu and Pongal in Assam and Tamil Nadu respectively.

He wished, "May these festivals usher in prosperity, tranquillity and happiness in our country".

To mark this auspicious day, people across the country thronged the bank of river Ganga to take holy dip and offer special puja. In Gujarat, the event is celebrated as a two-day festival including Uttarayan and Vasi Uttarayan. The bathing is believed to result in merit or absolution of past sins.

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The time thus signifies a period of socializing and families enjoying each other's company, taking care of the cattle, and celebrating around bonfires. The first thing is before this the farmers have sown seeds and plowed the fields for a good harvest which gives them good business in the coming year. Makar Sankranti is popular for sesame candies and kites, as this auspicious day marks the arrival of spring in India.

Pongal, which is celebrated in many countries by the Tamils, marks the auspicious start of Sun's six-month long northwards journey or Uttarayana. Temperatures start rising after the festival, leading to hotter days.

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