Governor extends Makar Sankranti, Lohri greetings

The importance of Makar Sankranti and why is it celebrated?

The importance of Makar Sankranti and why is it celebrated?

In Assam, the festival is celebrated as Magh Bihu.

Kite-flying is popular in the early hours of the day as the early morning sun is considered beneficial for the skin, which is thought to be important to ward off winter sickness.

The first Hindu festival of New Year is here.

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It is held on January 14 to honour the sun god Surya, which is on a Sunday in 2018.

Arunachal Pradesh Governor BD Mishra has greeted all the citizens of the state on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, Pongal and Magh Bihu. The festival may have different names in various parts of the country but the spirit remains the same. From this festival, days become longer, also auspicious rituals and ceremonies start being performed. Secondly, Makar Sankranti means that from now on days are going to be longer and the nights are going to be shorter.

Makar Sankranti generally marks the beginning of the Kumbh Mela in Uttar Pradesh while in South India, in Kerala, one of the most austere and hard pilgrimages of Shabrimala ends on this auspicious day. While distributing candies, the famous line "til gul ghya ani god god bola" is used.

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Makar Sankranti denotes the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Capricon ('Makara') on its celestial path. Another legend says that the Sun god forgave his son Shani for a transgression and Shani then visited him on Makar Sankranti.

Just like Holi is incomplete without gujiya, Makar Sankranti is also incomplete without til (sesame) and gud (jaggery).

The muhurat starts at 2am and ends at 5.41. Thirdly, this is celebration time which is extremely auspicious as per the Hindu calendar.

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