Makar Sankranti
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Makar Sankranti 2021

Makar Sankranti 2021 Date

When: 14th January 2021
Where: Northern and Western India

Makar Sankranti marks the end of winter, when the sun moves into the northern hemisphere- thus symbolising regeneration and the start of a new period. Besides being a significant date in the zodiac, Makar Sankranti is also a harvest festival and is celebrated throughout the region as the end of one agrarian cycle.

Traditionally, Makar Sankranti is observed by a ritual bath- in Uttar Pradesh, in fact, there’s a local belief that anybody who doesn't bathe on Makar Sankranti will end up being born a donkey in his or her next incarnation! The sacred 'sangam' at Allahabad- the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna- is especially an important place for ritual baths, and is the venue for a local fair. All across North and West India, flying kites and feasting on rice and sweets made from sesame seeds is an integral part of the festivities.

In western India Gujarat and Maharashtra Makar Sankranti is celebrated by flying colourful kites and kite competitions.

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In Punjab the festival is celebrated as Lohri which marks the end of winter and the beginning of the harvest. Bonfires are lit and family and friends throw sweetmeats and puffed rice to fuel the fire.

Pongal 2021
In South India the equivalent harvest festival is celebrated with great pomp and is known Pongal when people dress in new clothes, make merry, feast and dance to welcome the harvest season.

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