1. Makar Sankranti is the Thanksgiving of India.
2. As per Hindu Solar Calendar, the festival is celebrated on 1st Magh (the name of a month as per Hindu calendar).
3. The day marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
4. Makar Sankranti is celebrated with different names in India. The festival is celebrated as Pongal in the Southern state of Tamil Nadu, Lohri in Punjab while in Gujarat Makar Sanrkranti is known as Uttarayan. Makar Sankranti in Assam is known as Bhogali Bihu and Magh Bihu and in Bihar, Til Sankranti.
5. Makar Sankranti in India is usually associated with kite-flying.It’s is an integral part of the Makar Sankranti celebrations, especially in Gujarat.
6. Makar Sankranti is marked as a day of forgiveness, forgetting past quarrels and say only words of love. Hindus celebrate the day by exchanging til gul sesame and jaggery laddoos or chikkis
7. Makar Sankranti is associated with pilgrimage. The famous Kumbh Mela generally begun on Makar Sankranti in Uttar Pradesh, In West Bengal it is Gangasagar or Sagardweep mela,while the Shabrimala pilgrimages of Kerala ends on this day.
8. The festival is called Makar Sankrati because it is when the sun enters the sun-sign of Capricorn, also called Makara. The Sankrati part of the name comes from the movement of the sun from one sign to another.
9. Makar Sankranti is also very popular in Nepal. As per Bikram Samwat (Nepali calendar), it is celebrated on 1st Magh and marks the end of Poush.
10. Khichdi, Maghi, Uttarayan, Lohri, Poush Parbon, Makara Sankramana, Pongal Maghe Sankranti (in Nepal), Songkran , Pi Ma Lao (in Laos), Thingyan (in Mayanmar) are some of the other popular names of this festival in different places.
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