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    Happy Makar Sankranti

    Sankranthi means transmigration of Sun from one Rāshi (zodiac in Indian astrology) to the other. Hence there are 12 such Sankrantis in all. However, the Sankranthi festival usually refers to Makara Sankaranti, or the transition of the Sun from Dhanu rashi (Sagittarius) to Makara rashi (Capricorn). For this purpose, the Zodiac signs are considered sidereally, and not tropically, as in western astronomy, thus accounting for the Earth's precession. The festival therefore takes place around 21 days after the tropical winter solstice (between December 20 and 23rd) that marks the starting of Uttarayana, which means northward journey of Sun.

    While the traditional Indian Calendar is based on lunar positions, Sankranti is a solar event. So while dates of all Hindu festivals keep changing as per the roman calendar, the date of Makar Sankranti remains constant, 14 January. Makar Sankranti is celebrated in the Hindu Calendar month of Magha.

    There is another significance of this day - after this day the days start becoming longer and warmer and thus the chill of winter declines.

    Makar Sankranti or Sankranti - Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, orissa, Manipur, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa
    Uttarayan- Uttaranchal,Gujarat and Rajasthan
    Lohri - Himachal Pradesh, Punjab
    Pongal - Tamilnadu
    Makara Vilakku Festival - Sabarimala Temple (Kerala)

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    Wish you all Makar Snkranti..Kapyo cheeeee

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