Bihar Governor and Chief Minister greet people on Makar Sankranti

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The Governor Mridula Sinha has extended her cordial greetings and best wishes to the people of Goa, especially the Hindus, Punjabis and Tamil brethren on the auspicious festivals of Makar Sankranti, Lohri and Pongal.

Every year, the month of January brings a special festival for Hindus, where, on the 14th of the month, many across the country come together to celebrate Makar Sankranti, also known as Pongal, Bihu, different parts of the country. It officially marks the beginning of spring or the onset of Indian summer and the days become longer, and nights shorter.

Makar Sankranti denotes the transition of sun from the zodiac Sagittarius to Capricorn.

He wished, "May these festivals usher in prosperity, tranquillity and happiness in our country". Temperatures start rising after the festival, leading to hotter days.

The famous Kumbh Mela is held on Makar Sankranti, which involves Hindus taking a dip in the holy rivers to cleanse themselves of sinHow is Makar Sankranti celebrated?

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Kite flying is an activity highly associated with Makar Sankranti.

The festival is known as Magh Bihu and Pongal in Assam and Tamil Nadu respectively.

Makar Sankranti also comes with melas. One can't imagine the celebration without the "til ka laddoo", made with jaggery and sesame. Not many of us know the significance of kites today. This is the reason why it falls on the exact same date year after year as per Georgian calendar.

The festival is considered very auspicious and people take a dip in the holy river as to wash off all their sins. In rural Maharashtra feasts of the new harvest mark Hadaga festival.

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