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Makar Sankranti being celebrated all over India

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  • January 14, 2021
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Makar Sankranti being celebrated all over India

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Culture 

In news 

  • The Vice President of India greeted fellow citizens on the eve of the festivals of Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bhogali Bihu, Uttarayan and Paush Parbon.
  • These festivals are celebrated in diverse yet similar ways, across India.

Key takeaways 

  • Makar Sankranti is a festival day in the Hindu calendar, in reference to deity Surya (sun).
  • Makar Sankranti is observed according to solar cycles. 
  • It is held normally on the 14th of January, or a day before or after. 
  • In certain regions celebrations can go on for even four days and vary a lot in the rituals.
  • It marks the – first day of sun’s transit into the Makara (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.
  • It is also celebrated as a harvest Festival. 

Do you know? 

Different names of the same festival

  • Makar Sankranti – Odisha, Maharashtra-Goa, Andhra-Telengana, Kerala and most of the north India
  • Paush Parbon –  Bengal
  • Pongal – Tamil Nadu
  • Bhogali Bihu –  Assam
  • Lohri – Punjab and Jammu
  • Maghi – Haryana and Himachal
  • Khichdi Parwa –  parts of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh

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