Hadaga Festival 2018: Tilgul Festival of Maharashtra Marks Makar Sankranti and Uttarayana

Hadaga Festival 2018: Tilgul Festival of Maharashtra Marks Makar Sankranti and Uttarayana

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday greeted the nation on the eve of the festivals of Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal.

Every festival in India, be it Holi, Diwali or Makar Sankranti is celebrated with full enthusiasm and zeal.

The festival signifies the return of longer days and shorter nights. Pictures of an elephant which is Indra's vehicle are drawn everywhere to appease the God and kites are flown in the sky to mark the festival of Makar Sankranti.

The word "Sankranti" means the movement of the sun from one zodiac sign to another, so indicating the start of the sun entering Capricorn known as "Makar" in Indian. Makar Sankranti is popular for sesame candies and kites, as this auspicious day marks the arrival of spring in India. The festival celebrates the first month with consistently longer days.

In his message, the Governor said that "Makar Sankranti has a special significance for us in Arunachal Pradesh".


May the beauty Of Sankrant festival fill your home with happiness and positivity. People in North India celebrate the day with Khichri, while in Tamil Nadu, Sankranti is known by the name of "Pongal".

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.

Just like Holi is incomplete without gujiya, Makar Sankranti is also incomplete without til (sesame) and gud (jaggery). This is the reason why it falls on the exact same date year after year as per Georgian calendar.

The famous Kumbh Mela is held on Makar Sankranti, which involves Hindus taking a dip in the holy rivers to cleanse themselves of sin. They are celebrated to show our respect towards food and the famers.

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