Narendra Modi greets nation on Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Lohri


With social festivities such as melas (fairs), kite flying, bonfires and feasts bringing the people together, Makar Sankranti is celebrated with pomp across the country.The Hindu festival that sees devotees praying to Sun God Surya is observed in January every year. It is nearly always celebrated on January 14.

It marks the end of the month with the winter solstice and the darkest night of the year, a month that is called Pausha in the lunar system and Dhanu is the solar system of Hindu time keeping methodology. This is the reason why it falls on the exact same date year after year as per Georgian calendar. In South India, it is celebrated for three days starting with Bhogi and followed by Makar Sankranti and kanuma. For the records, it is celebrated on 14th of January each year.

The Governor in her message has said, "The Makar Sankranti festival coincides with Lohri and Pongal". Functions were organised at several places to mark the day.

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The festival is known as Magh Bihu and Pongal in Assam and Tamil Nadu respectively. The word "Til Gud" originated from Maharashtra, where people go by the tradition of wishing everyone by saying, "Til gud ghya ani goad goad bola" which suggests people to be as sweet with words, just like the ingredients, signifying a bond to spread sweetness.

The customers shared that Makar Sankranti is a couple of days away; which is why the people have started purchasing the items for the festival's celebration.

Wishing that the rising sun of Makar Sankranti fills your life with bright and happy moments.