President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday greeted the nation on the eve of the festivals of Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal.
With social festivities such as melas (fairs), kite flying, bonfires and feasts bringing the people together, Makar Sankranti is celebrated with pomp across the country.The Hindu festival that sees devotees praying to Sun God Surya is observed in January every year. The day marks the end of winters and beginning of spring. People give "daan" to Brahmins and poor on Makar Sankranti and worship the Sun god. It marks the day when sun enters zodiac sign of Capricorn which is also known as Makar rashi. Secondly, Makar Sankranti means that from now on days are going to be longer and the nights are going to be shorter.
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Makar Sankranti is an important pan-Indian solar festival, known by different names though observed on the same date, sometimes for multiple dates around the Makar Sankranti. This is the beauty of the festival. Keeping with the traditions, people in different parts of the country are celebrating Makar Sankranti by taking holy dip in rivers, flying kites and preparing candies made of jaggery and sesame seeds. Pongal, Lohri and Makar Sankranti being the most important ones.
The first Hindu festival of New Year is here. The festival holds a great religious significance for Hindus and a large number of people visit the Prayag city (Allahabad) to bathe in Sangam (confluence of the three holy rivers, namely Ganges, Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati River). Indeed, they are a flawless reason to spend some time with family and friends, a thing which we have lost in the hustle and bustle of our busy life.