Makar Sankranti Festival – Information & How to Celebrate

A brief about Makar Sankranti

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Makar Sankranti is celebrated all over the country. Not only India, it is seen celebrated at Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. Another name given to the festival is Harvest festival as it falls in the month of January which according to Hindu calendar is known as ‘Megh’ and zodiac sign Capricorn which in our native language is called Makar rashi. As mentioned earlier, this festival is celebrated all over the country but all over the country but celebrated in different ways in different parts of India. First of all, it has several regional names. For example in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, it is known as Sankranthi. In Tamil Nadu it is known as Pongal whereas as it’s commonly known name is popular in many states like Chhattisgarh, Goa, Odisha, Haryana, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Telangana and West Bengal. As Uttarayan in Gujarat, as Maghi in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, as Lohri in Punjab, as Bhogali Bihu in Assam, as Shishur Saenkraat: Kashmir Valley, as Khichdi in Uttar Pradesh and western Bihar and Makara Sankramana in Karnataka.

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