• Makar Sankranti is a Hindu feast day named after the Hindu god Surya (sun).
  • Makar Sankranti is observed in accordance with the solar cycles. It is usually held on January 14th, or a day before or after. In certain areas, celebrations might last up to four days and include a wide range of customs.
  • It is the first day of the sun’s transit into Makara (Capricorn), signaling the end of the month with the winter solstice and the beginning of longer days.
  • Paush, the unlucky period of the previous month, comes to an end.
  • Winter is coming to an end, and it’s going to be a cold one.
  • This is an opportunity to recognize the dedication of millions of our farmers and citizens across the country (it is celebrated as a harvest Festival)
  • In Odisha, Maharashtra-Goa, Andhra-Telengana, Kerala, and most of north India, it is known as ‘Makar Sankranti.’ Paush Parbon is another name for it in Bengal.

Source: THE HINDU.