Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Governor extends Makar Sankranti, Lohri greetings

Governor extends Makar Sankranti, Lohri greetings

Every year, the month of January brings a special festival for Hindus, where, on the 14th of the month, many across the country come together to celebrate Makar Sankranti, also known as Pongal, Bihu, different parts of the country.

Meanwhile, Pongal is celebrated from January 14 to January 16. Bonfire and folk songs are a major part of the celebration and a puja parikrama (prayers) around the bonfire is performed followed by the distribution of prasad.

Sankranti is a three days festival celebrated especially in South India.

Actress Hema Malini shared multiple pictures of the different festivals and wrote, "Festive season coming up!"

The Governor in her message has said, "The Makar Sankranti festival coincides with Lohri and Pongal".

Makar Sankranti is being celebrated across the country with much pomp and fanfare. The day marks the end of winters and beginning of spring. Til-gul is considered to be a token of goodwill and people greet each other with the words, " Til-gul ghyaa, aani goad-goad bola (accept this til-gul and speak sweetly)". Kite-flying competitions were organised across Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.

Makar Sankranti generally marks the beginning of the Kumbh Mela in Uttar Pradesh while in South India, in Kerala, one of the most austere and hard pilgrimages of Shabrimala ends on this auspicious day.

Traditional sweet prepared during Makar Sankranti.

Makar Sankranti denotes the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Capricon ('Makara') on its celestial path. Thirdly, this is celebration time which is extremely auspicious as per the Hindu calendar.

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