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Makar Sankranti

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The only Hindu Festival which is according to the Solar Calender and not by the Lunar Calender. It is celebrated not only in India but also Nepal. It marks the shifting of the Sun in the Northern Hemisphere. In other words shifting of the Sun from Sagittarius to the Capricorn Zodiac Sign. It also marks the coming of the new Season.

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Celebrated by
: Hindus/ Brahmins
Major Places : Punjab(Lohri), Assam and West Bengal(Bhogali Bihu), Gujarat(Uttarayan), Tamil Nadu(Pongal), Karnataka(Makar Sankranti).
Month of Celebration : Mostly January
Observances : Water is poured in front of the Sun which is prayed as Lord. Food is distributed on this day.

Facets Of Makar Sankranti :
Makar Sankranti Ladoos
Sankranti Ladoos
These mouthewatering ladoos - sweets are prepared on the fall of sankranti. High in fat with lot of ghee - clarified butter and nuts, it is auspicious and helathy to have one on the day.

Indian Sadhu
Antics of Sadhus
On this day Naga Sadhus show a number of antics like floating on water, singing, doing acrobatics and telling the future. It one place for the Sadhus to show their talents and also their supernatural powers.


Surya Namskar

The Fair


With the first sunlight people flong at the Ghats of holy river throughout India. This Puja is commenced by a dip in the river. Closing their eyes and by chanting Mantras (religious hymns) they bow down in front of the Lord Sun seeking his blessings. Prayers are held and food in the form of Prasada is distributed. Laddu of Jaggery and cashew nuts are prepared as the main food of the day. On this day some people even distribute food and clothes, give out donations to schools; in a way do a number of things to help the less privileged.



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