Makar Sankranthi 2018 Significance: Makar Sankranthi is one of the first major festivals which we celebrate in the new year. It is famous in the South especially in Telugu states which will be celebrated in grandeur. This year, Makar Sankranti is set to be celebrated on 14th January. There are many things which people do on the festival. The festival is celebrated on three days with different traditions being involved for the three days.
This holy festival is also known as the phase of transition, as from now onwards days will start becoming longer and nights will become shorter. The festival is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India. In Tamil Nadu, the festive occasion is celebrated as Pongal, whereas in Punjab it is known as Lohri while some call it as Uttarayan. In Assam, it’s also known as Bhogali Bihu and Magh Bihu.
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. It is known as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Pedda Panduga in Andhra Pradesh, Bihu in Assam, Magha Mela in parts of central and north India, as Makar Sankranti in the west, and by other names.Do Check: Happy Makar Sankranti 2018 Wishes with Images, Sankranti Whatsapp Status & Facebook Greetings
Makar Sankranti is regarded as important for spiritual practices and accordingly, people take a holy dip in rivers, especially Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna, and Kaveri. The bathing is believed to result in merit or absolution of past sins. 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 time thus signifies a period of socializing and families enjoying each other’s company, taking care of the cattle, and celebrating around bonfires.
The main reason to celebrate the festival of Sankranthi is that farmers harvest crops. The first thing is before this the farmers have sown seeds and plowed the fields for a good harvest which gives them good business in the coming year. Secondly, Makar Sankranti means that from now on days are going to be longer and the nights are going to be shorter. Thirdly, this is celebration time which is extremely auspicious as per the Hindu calendar.
It marks the end of the month with the winter solstice and the darkest night of the year, a month that is called Pausha in the lunar system and Dhanu is the solar system of Hindu time keeping methodology. The festival celebrates the first month with consistently longer days.
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