Makar Sankranthi celebrations across India


“Makar Sankranti” has great cultural, historical and spiritual significance, which is only enhanced by the sheer variety it takes in a country rich in diversity

Sankranti is celebrated in almost all parts of India with distinct names. Here are some examples

1.Thai Pongal (Tamil Nadu)

Pongal, is also referred to as Thai Pongal, is a multi-day Hindu harvest festival of South India, particularly in the Tamil community.

2. Uttarayan (Gujarat)

Uttarayan is celebrated on the day the sun transitions from the Sagittarius to Capricorn. The sun god is worshipped with sweets, devotion and khichdi

3. Lohri (Punjab)

Lohri marks the New Year for Punjabi farmers. On this day, the farmers pray and show gratitude for their crops before the harvesting begins

4. Khichdi Parv (UP and Bihar)

The alternative name of the festival 'Khichdi' originates from the state of Uttar Pradesh. Its a a tradition to eat Khichdi during the festival of Makar Sankranti.

5.Magh/Bhogali Bihu (Assam)

Magh Bihu is a harvest festival celebrated in Assam, North-East India, which marks the end of harvesting season in the month of Magh

6. Suggi Habba (Karnataka)

This harvest festival which is a significant day for farmers is known as Suggi Habba or Makar Sankramana in Karnataka