Makar sankranti - harvest festival in India

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This harvest festival celebration in India is performed not only all over India but other South East Asian Countries too. Makara Sankranti having special geo-agri-economical importance of people of Indian sub continent.

Makara Sankaranti is related with transition of Sun into Capricorn on its celestial journey. This is important considering the Winter Solstice marks the beginning of the steady increase of the duration of the day. By tradition, this has been one of many harvest days.The day on which the sun begins its journey northwards is referred to as Makara SankranThe day on which the sun begins its journey northwards is referred to as Makara Sankranti,

The meaning of Sankramana is "to instigate movement". Consequently, the name Makara Sankranti is given to one of the major, most favorable, but diverse festivals in India. It typically falls in the mid January. Since the geography and dimension of India, this festival is renowned for countless reasons depending on the climate, environment of agriculture, cultural environment and position.

Makar Sankranti 2016 is on Thursday, the 16th of January. Not like most of the other Indian Hindu festivals, the date of Makar Sankranti is preset. The celebration is done on 14th January each year. In 2011, the Makar Sankranti is on Thursday. The festival is celebrated all through the country with diverse names and different rituals.

At some locations, it is considered lucky to fly kites, whilst at other places consumption of 'Khichdi' (instant rice and daal mix) is considered auspicious. Til and Rice are said to be the fundamental ingredients of this festival. In the rice eating regions of Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh, the majority of the festive dishes are rice oriented. A famous fair in West Bengal named Gangasagar Mela , is moreover organized on this occasion on banks of river Hooghly, in the vicinity of Kolkata. In Andhra Pradesh, Makar Sankranti occasion is performed as Pedda Panduga which means big festival. The whole event lasts for four days, the first day is known as Bhogi, the second day as Sankranti, the third day Kanuma and the fourth day considered as Mukkanuma.

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