Makara Sankranti is one of the few ancient Indian festival that has been observed according to solar cycle while most festivals are said by the lunar cycle of the lunisolar Hindu calendar. Being a festival that celebrates the solar cycle it almost always falls on the same Gregorian date every year (January 14) except in some years when the date shift by a day for that year.
The festivities associated with Makar Sankranti are known by various name such as Lohri by North Indian Hindu and Sikhs Makar Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka in central India, Magh Bihu by Assamese, and Pongal by Tamilians..
It is observed with social festivities such as colorful decorations, rural children going house to house, singing and asking for treats in some areas, melas, dances, kite flying, bonfires and feasts. Many of people go to scared rivers or lakes and bathe with thanksgiving to Lord Sun..
At this Utarayan event a huge amount of people and yogis offering their prayer to Lord Sun and bathe at Prayaga confluence of the scared river Ganga and Yamuna at the kumbha Mela, this Mela was located at four holy places such as Haridwar, Prayag, Ujjain and Nashik..
This Mela held to give traditional attributed to Adi Shankaracharya…
During this festival peoples are believes to donates foods, cloths, money to the underprivileged peoples, by which they can earn virtue…
Wishing you all a prosperous Makar Sankranti & Pongal guys
Swati Aggarwal & Team Swati