Siliguri Markets Deck Up For Makar Sankranti

Siliguri Markets Deck Up For Makar Sankranti

Meanwhile, Pongal is celebrated from January 14 to January 16. The festival marks the onset of summer and an auspicious six months period for Hindus known as Uttaarayan. Bonfire and folk songs are a major part of the celebration and a puja parikrama (prayers) around the bonfire is performed followed by the distribution of prasad. It is observed in mid-January every year.

The festival has different names from North to South.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished the nation on the festivals of Makar Sakranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu and Uttarayan.

Fairs are a must during Makar Sankranti and many melas are organised in several parts of the country. Both day and night are long. On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, people meet and greet their loved ones and celebrate the most auspicious occasion with great zeal, enthusiasm and devotion.

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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 word "Til Gud" originated from Maharashtra, where people go by the tradition of wishing everyone by saying, "Til gud ghya ani goad goad bola" which suggests people to be as sweet with words, just like the ingredients, signifying a bond to spread sweetness.

Dedicated to the Sun God, Makar Sankranti symbolizes "Uttarayan" or the beginning of the northward journey of the Sun. This is because back in the times of legend, Lord Sun visited his enemy son Shani and forgave him.

Makar Sankranti is also referenced in mythology. The occasion which marks the transition of the sun into the Makar rashi or the zodiac sign Capricorn, also brings an end to winter solstice.

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