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Prez greets nation on eve of Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal

Don't you think Alia Bhatt's Punjabi outfit is perfect for Lohri Prez greets nation on eve of Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal
Emmett Howard | 14 January, 2018, 14:50

Makar Sankranti is being celebrated across the country with much pomp and fanfare. It marks the Sun's transit into Makara (Capricorn) which means the end of the winter solstice and the start of longer days.

Actress Hema Malini shared multiple pictures of the different festivals and wrote, "Festive season coming up!" This festival is known by many names in different states like Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Lohri, etc. The festival is considered sacred as farmers grow their Rabi crops. 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.

And PM Narendra Modi extended his greetings to the people on the occasion of Makar Sakranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu and Uttarayan. In Assam, it's also known as Bhogali Bihu and Magh Bihu. Keeping the benefits aside, the country witnesses a lot of fun, today, as the skies in Maharashtra and Gujarat are filled with kites, and down south in the country, the roads are filled with Rangoli and traditional food is made, marking the first harvest of the year. Both of the ingredients have a key significance in the festival. It is also an important day to visit the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh).

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Being a spiritual festival, devotees take a dip in the holy water of Ganga to get away their sins at various Holy pilgrimage.

Not many know that Makar Sankranti draws parallel with western festival, Thanksgiving. It is a harvest festival, and the Sun God (Surya Bhagavan) is worshiped for good harvest.

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