Updated: Jan 11
The word ‘Makar Sankranti’, for most of us, signifies those thrilling vibes of childhood days when there was that mist of joy in the air and those delicious homemade cuisines adding to the high-flying kites all around the gigantic blue sky.
Makar Sankranti is one of the extremely pious days in a Hindu Calendar is celebrated in almost all parts of India. The celebration is devoted to the worship of Lord Sun (Surya Deva).
This festival is celebrated all over India and is also called with different names such as Thai Pongal in the South, Uttarayan in the West, Lohri in the North, and Poush Songkranti in the East of India. The residents of Western India, especially Gujarat, celebrate this day with high flying kites and their well-known kite festival is a worldwide attraction.
While Pongal in South India is celebrated as a symbol of prosperity and happiness which is also the harvest festival for the farmers. Lohri in north India marks the end of the winter season and hence marks the welcome of long sunny days by the Hindus and Sikhs of the Punjab region. Hence Sankranti is a cherished festival which is celebrated all over India.