PM Modi wishes nation on Makar Sakranti, Pongal

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Makar Sankranti is also referenced in mythology. The festival is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India.

"Lohri is essentially a festival dedicated to fire and the Sun God".

The festival also marks the early stages of the Rabi crop, where crops have already been sown.

Makar Sankranti denotes the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Capricon ('Makara') on its celestial path. The festival is known by different names across the country. This is the beauty of the festival.

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The festival is known as Magh Bihu and Pongal in Assam and Tamil Nadu respectively. "Uttarayan greetings to the people of Gujarat", said Modi in his tweet in English and Gujarati. Keeping the benefits aside, the country witnesses a lot of fun, today, as the skies in Maharashtra and Gujarat are filled with kites, and down south in the country, the roads are filled with Rangoli and traditional food is made, marking the first harvest of the year. Not many know that jaggery is a good source of iron. Functions were organised at several places to mark the day.

Makar Sankranti is regarded as important for spiritual practices and accordingly, people take a holy dip in rivers, especially Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna, and Kaveri. Indeed, they are a flawless reason to spend some time with family and friends, a thing which we have lost in the hustle and bustle of our busy life. May you have a wonderful Makar Sankranti.

Pongal, one of the most popular harvest festivals, was celebrated in Andhra Pradesh with great enthusiasm.