The festival is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India.
Actress Hema Malini shared multiple pictures of the different festivals and wrote, "Festive season coming up!"
As the entire country celebrates Makar Sankranti with fervour, we will have a look at the interesting facts about the harvest festival. The Makar Sankranti is a significant Hindu festival which referred to a specific solar day according to the Hindu calendar and is celebrated with reference to the Lord Sun.
In Assam, the festival is celebrated as Magh Bihu.
The customers shared that Makar Sankranti is a couple of days away; which is why the people have started purchasing the items for the festival's celebration. For most parts of India, this period is a part of early stages of the Rabi crop and agricultural cycle, where crops have been sown and the hard work in the fields is mostly over. The occasion which marks the transition of the sun into the Makar rashi or the zodiac sign Capricorn, also brings an end to winter solstice. People in Gujarat celebrate Makar Sankranti as Uttarayan and fly kites in the day.
Just like Holi is incomplete without gujiya, Makar Sankranti is also incomplete without til (sesame) and gud (jaggery).
What is the significance of the festival? The popular Kumbh Mela, held after every 12 years, starts on the very same day. It is marked by people taking holy dips in rivers and colourful kites adorning the sky.
Not many know that Makar Sankranti draws parallel with western festival, Thanksgiving. And good times in your life.