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The festival is celebrated on 14th January and is possibly the only Indian festival whose date always falls on the same day each year with just a few exceptions. I wish you and your family a very Happy Makar Sankranti. People celebrate this festival with full of joy and enthusiasm. It is observed 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.

As per Hindu Solar Calendar, the festival is celebrated on 1st Magh (for those who are not aware of Magh, it is the name of a month as per Hindu calendar). 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). The festival is known by different names across the country. The bathing is believed to result in merit or absolution of past sins.

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Dedicated to the Hindu Sun god, Surya, the festival denotes the entry of the sun into the zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn), as it travels on its celestial path, thus signifying the arrival of longer days.

The day is thus marked with people socialising with each other and enjoying each other's company.

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The main reason to celebrate the festival of Sankranthi is that farmers harvest crops. And the auspicious time starts from 2am to 2.24am. The day is considered auspicious but there are some facts about the festival which are important to know.

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