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First festival of 2016, Sankranti celebrated in India
Makar Sankranti or Sankrantiis a Hindu festival celebrated in almost all parts of India. It is a also known as harvest festival. This festival is largely celebrated in Bihar, Bengal, Punjab, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan & Tamil Nadu. In Tamil Nadu the festival is known as Pongal, in Assam as Bhogali Bihu, in Punjab as Lohri, in Gujarat & Rajasthan as Uttararayan.

Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path. The day is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India. The name of the festival literally means the movement of the sun into Capricorn. Makara Sankranti is one of the Indian festivals which fall on the same date in the Gregorian calender.

The festival is considered to be a day from where onwards all the auspicious ritualistic ceremonies can be solemnized in any Hindu family. This is considered as the holy phase of transition.Scientifically, this day marks the beginning of warmer and longer days compared to the nights. It is scientifically proved & believed that the Day and night are equally long on Sankranti.

This festival is also about of kites & til chikkis. The festival pass message of unity & to create strong bonding among everyone in the society & live in peace. Mythology states this is the day when The Sun God forgets his anger on his son Shani & people celebrate this day by distributing sweets.

On Sankranti sesame, jaggery laddoos & chikkis are distributed among all. In Maharashta , people generally say while giving these , "Til-gul ghya ; goad goad bola", which translates to 'eat these sesame seeds , jaggery & speak sweet words' . So "Take sweet , Talk Sweet & Be sweet" !!!

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